Nadal is ‘sad’ for friend Murray after win

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Rafael Nadal said he felt “sad” for Andy Murray after defeating the Scot to reach the Wimbledon final yesterday.

The defending champion battled back from a set down to defeat Murray 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-4 on Centre Court this afternoon to set up a final date with Novak Djokovic tomorrow.

Nadal, who counts Murray as a close friend from their time spent together on tour, was happy to have reached the final but conceded that he felt sorry to have vanquished the hopes of Britain’s number one on home soil again.

“I feel sad for Andy. I think he deserves to be in the final. I wish him the best for the rest of the year. This match was tough for him,” the Spaniard said.

Nadal beat Murray in straight sets at the same stage in last year’s tournament, but the Dunblane-born star performed much better clinching the first set with a confident display. Nadal came back in style though, producing his best tennis of the tournament to move into the final.

“I think I played very well to win today,” Nadal added. “Against Andy I have to play my best to have any chance and that’s what I had to do today. It’s always hard to play against him. To beat him I have to play fantastic shots and that’s what I did today.”

Women’s finalist Petra Kvitova isn’t worrying about the noise her opponent today, Maria Sharapova, makes when hitting the ball.

“I don’t care about the noise,” she said. “When I play, I don’t think about it. I just play my game. (Victoria) Azarenka was also noisy yesterday, and I don’t care.”

Sharapova says the left-handed Kvitova can pose problems: “The spin is coming from a different side. With the way the spin comes out, it’s a big advantage coming from a lefty.”

Stockport’s Liam Broady will face Australian 16th seed Luke Saville in the Boy’s final today. No Briton has won the boys’ title since footballer Sir Stanley Matthews’s son, also called Stanley, in 1962