French Open Semi-final 2014 Preview: Rafael Nadal [1] vs Andy Murray [7]

Andy Murray vs Rafael Nadal

It is always thrilling to watch players from the Big Four of Tennis competing against each other. And the semi-finals clash at Roland Garros will witness the top seed Rafael Nadal taking on seventh seed Andy Murray.

Eight time French Open champion Rafael Nadal won record number of 33 straight matches on the clay court at Paris with his victory over David Ferrer in the quarter-finals. World No. 1 starting off to a slow start against Ferrer, lost the opening set after 49 minutes but came back strongly to race away with the next three sets for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 win. Under the fading light Nadal extended his incredible record of 63-1at the Suzanne Lenglen Court.

On the other hand playing at the Philippe Chatrier Court, Andy Murray battled dramatic turn of events and deafening cheers from the spectators for the home crowd favorite Gael Monflis to register a nail-biting win. Murray easily romped Monflis to take the first two sets before the Frenchman made a comeback. But the player from Great Britain got back his composure to make his second semi-finals appearance at Roland Garros. He earlier made it in 2011.

Both Nadal and Murray have played on 19 occasions with Nadal leading 14-5 head-to-head contest over Andy Murray.  And Nadal becomes more dominant and ruthless over Murray on the clay courts with a 5-0 wins record. Nadal despite coming into the 2014 French Open as the top seed has been under scrutiny as the favourite due to his bad clay-court season and injuries. But by making to the record ninth French Open semi-finals, Nadal is back as the top contender to lift the trophy.

Andy Murray can be tough challenger but the odds favour Rafael Nadal to move to record ninth finals at Roland Garros with four sets victory over the seventh seed.