Britain’s Andy Murray said that playing the final of the Madrid tournament against Spain’s Rafael Nadal is like playing a Davis Cup match away from home.
“Playing in Madrid against Rafa is like playing a Davis Cup match away from home,” said Murray after beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the semifinals, 6-4, 6-4.
“If I want to win tomorrow against Rafa Nadal I have to play extremely well, especially in Madrid,” added Murray, who has a record of 0-6 against Nadal on clay. “Here the ball bounces very high and with a lot of effect,” he said.
“I think he has played very well this week, hopefully he can put on a great performance and make it difficult for him,” said the Scotsman, who recalled his loss to Nadal at Roland Garros last year (6-3, 6-2, 6-1) .
“Even though I lost in three sets, I had my chances in that match, something like 18 break points, and I was only able to win a few of them,” he said.
“You have to try to use the advantage well. I know the plus that it means to play in front of your fans and also the negative that that implies. You can feel more pressure there. That is why I will try to use it to the maximum, managing the energy”, he commented.
“It’s been too many unforced errors for me,” Nishikori said. «I missed a lot and I was unfocused, I had many opportunities to equalize. It is difficult to win a semifinal without being one hundred percent, and today I played in an unlucky way, “he stressed.