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Murray dismantled by Nadal in 100 minutes

ESPN staff
June 6, 2014
Andy Murray was swept aside in straight sets on Court Philippe Chatrier, losing 6-3 6-2 6-1 © AP

Andy Murray's French Open challenge was ended in ruthless fashion by eight-time champion Rafael Nadal, who simply blew him away in straight sets with a sublime performance on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Nadal brought back memories of his crushing Wimbledon quarter-final and semi-final victories over Murray, when he beat him in straight sets in 2008 and 2010 respectively.

In the end, it took defending champion Nadal just 100 minutes to win 6-3 6-2 6-1 and book his place in the final against Novak Djokovic, who will be out for revenge for his defeat there to the Spaniard two years ago.

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It was Nadal's 65th win in 66 matches at Roland Garros and he will make a ninth final appearance in 10 years.

"For me it is just great to be back here in Roland Garros," Nadal said on court afterwards. "When I was a kid my dream was to come here and play. After 10 years of coming here, to be able to be in the ninth final is something that I will never forget in my life."

Nadal leads his rivalry with Djokovic 22-19 but the Serb has won their last four meetings - including most recently the Rome Masters final last month, where he triumphed 4-6 6-3 6-3.

"Novak is always a big, big challenge," said Nadal. "He's always an unbelievable opponent. Only playing my best will I have any chance on Sunday. He beat me the last few times, he beat me in Rome, so he will come to this final with confidence, but I think I am playing at a high level."

Murray simply had no answer throughout as Nadal improved his head-to-head record against the Wimbledon champion to 15-5.

Nadal broke Murray the first chance he could on Friday afternoon and didn't look back.

Murray stemmed the flow to win his second service game of the first set and trail 3-1, but the damage was already done and Nadal took the first set 6-3 in just 34 minutes.

He may have managed to hold his first service game this time around, but Murray offered up the second to Nadal who broke for 2-1 in the second set after a love service game of his own.

The Scot managed to take a point off Nadal for the first time in three service games but it was just the one though, and Nadal held for 3-1.

Nadal broke again for 5-2 and his fourth love service game of the match gave him a two-set lead.

Two more breaks gave Nadal a 4-1 lead in the third and he held with Murray serving to stay in the French Open.

Murray fought on but ultimately the battle was already lost. Nadal sealed victory with another break, taking his first match point.

Rafael Nadal will contest a ninth French Open final in 10 years © AP
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