Wimbledon 2011: I can beat Nadal, insists Murray
The British No1 is in confident mood ahead of his semi-final showdown with Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon
British No1 Andy Murray is confident he can avenge last year’s defeat by Rafael Nadal and reach his first Wimbledon final.
The Scot, who powered past Spain’s Feliciano LÃƒÂ³pez 6-3 6-4 6-4 to book his place in the semi-finals, has lost to the world No1 in four of their six Grand Slam meetings.
Nadal beat Murray in straight sets in the semi-finals at SW19 a year ago, and the Spaniard also got the better of the world No4 at the French Open earlier this month.
But Murray is upbeat over his chances of knocking out the defending champion when they meet again on Centre Court on Friday.
“I believe I can win against him,” said Murray. “I had chances last year. I was up a break in the third set, had set point on my serve in the second set. I think there was only one break in the first set.”
“We both played good tennis. But I just have to have a better game plan. Sometimes it comes down to strategy. Sometimes it comes down to having more experience. I just have to go out there and play well and serve well and believe, and I’ll have a chance.”
Meanwhile, Nadal has revealed he will continue to use pain-killing injections to allow him to play through the pain barrier as he attempts to defend his title.
The Spaniard has been troubled by a foot injury picked up in his fourth-round clash with Juan Martin del Potro.
“My foot is not fine,” said Nadal. “But we are in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. It is an emergency, so I have to play.
“We decided to sleep (numb) the area of the foot a little bit to play the rest of the tournament. That’s what I am going to do.
“This is the last tournament for one month and a half for me, so I have to try my best. I could go home or go to the beach and have a good time but I have to continue. It is always for me a dream play here.”