Australian Open Quarterfinals: Andy Murray vs. Rafael Nadal
World No.2 Rafael Nadal will face arguably Australian Open’s form player—Scotland’s Andy Murray— in an epic quarter-final clash this evening. The winner will play Croatian sensation Marin Cilic in the semifinals.
Rafa admits fifth-seeded Murray is a pain in the backside Down Under, and the Spaniard fears he may encounter more problems in tonight’s match.
Nadal has won 36 titles, six Grand Slams under his belt, but he hasn’t won a trophy for quite some time now. However, he comes in as the defending champion with a lot to prove.
The 23-year-old had a convincing victory over 6-foot-10 Ivo Karlovic of Croatia, the tallest man on the tournament. Murray, on the other hand, overcame 6-foot-9 American John Isner to set up a quarter-final match up at Melbourne Park for the first time.
Murray has all the means to win his first Grand Slam crown. All he has to do is prove he can hold up under pressure. However, having won the tournament 12 months ago, Rafa is surely my pick to win this match.
The game starts at 19:30 local time at the Rod Laver Arena.
UPDATE: Andy Murray is through to the semi-final after Rafael Nadal retired through injury. The Scot was leading two sets to love and was 3-0 up in the third when the World No.2 conceded the match. Murray will play Marin Cilic of Croatia in the next round.