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Nadal, Murray Shine Under the Lights

Photo of Rafael Nadal via Great Tennis Photos.

Photo of Rafael Nadal via Great Tennis Photos.

Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray both made a statement in their 3rd round matches. Murray easily defeated Jurgen Melzer 7-5,6-0,6-3. He only had 10 unforced errors in the entire match and only 2 in the second set. After the match, Murray spoke about potentially facing tougher challenges in the 2nd week of the tournament. “I’m sure one match in a Slam, if you want to go deep, maybe you’re not playing your best tennis, you have to try and find a way through to win. I hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, I need to be prepared to try and win a match when I’m not playing my best tennis.”

It was Nadal, however, who may have made an even bigger statement when he defeated Tommy Haas 6-4,6-2,6-2. Nadal looked very sharp in his match, as he had only 8 total unforced errors. When asked if he played his best tennis in the match, Nadal responded by saying “Well, always you can improve, no? Perfect matches doesn’t exist. But today, especially after a few games, after the first three, four games, I started to play well. In the beginning, I was playing too short little bit. And Tommy has the control of the points on the court. But that change after the beginning of the match. For that reason, I have the victory, no? I play more inside the court with the forehand. Improving a little bit more with the backhand, too. Very happy to be in fourth round for another year.”

Murray will next face the red hot Fernando Verdasco, who has absolutely demolished everyone he has faced, thus far. Nadal will face Fernando Gonzalez, who came back from 2 sets down against Richard Gasquet in his third round match.

If the seeds hold, Murray and Nadal would meet in the semis.

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  1. Darwin
    January 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    chill out. Federer easily defeated Marat Safin, who is a MUCH MUCH MUCH MUCH tougher opponent than the other top 3 players played.

    Nadal beat a washed up Tommy Haas ranked 79. Props to him for hitting just 8 unforced errors, but, c’mon, Haas sucks.

    Murray beat Jurgen Melzer, who played a 7-5 set on him, and Melzer is not good at all.

    Djokovic played Amer Delic, who didnt even win the wualifying (lucky loser) and lost a set to him,. Delic, ranked ioutside the top 100.

    Federer all the way.

    • sportsaholic89
      January 24, 2009 at 11:18 pm

      Well, we will definitely get a more complete picture of how each of the Big Four are playing after this round, because they all have tougher matches. I expect Berdych to test Federer and I wouldn’t be surprised if Baghdatis beats Djokovic. Gonzalez is tough, but I think he will be way too tired to test Nadal. Murray-Verdasco is the most intriguing match up, however, because Verdasco has been on a roll. After this round, it will be much easier to tell who is really the most in-form player.

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