Andy Murray to face Rafael Nadal in Monte Carlo semis

Monte Carlo Masters semi-final: Andy Murray v Rafael Nadal

Date:
Saturday 16 April
Time:
1400 BST
Coverage:
Live text commentary on BBC Sport website; live coverage on Sky Sports 3 (from 1200 BST)
Andy Murray
Murray has rediscovered his form in Monte Carlo after a poor two months

British number one Andy Murray will attempt to end Rafael Nadal's six-year domination of the Monte Carlo Masters in Saturday's semi-finals.

Third seed Murray and world number one Nadal meet at 1400 BST, following the first semi-final between Spain's David Ferrer and Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Nadal is trying to become the first man to win seven titles in Monte Carlo.

The Spaniard, 24, has not lost at the prestigious clay-court event since 2003, winning 35 matches in a row.

His only defeat in a 36-1 record in Monte Carlo came against Argentine Guillermo Coria eight years ago, while he missed the tournament altogether in 2004 through injury.

Nadal is unbeaten anywhere on clay since his shock French Open defeat by Robin Soderling at the 2009 French Open, and he holds a 9-4 head-to-head record against Murray.

The 23-year-old Scot is in positive mood, however, after arresting an alarming slump in form following his Australian Open final defeat in January with three wins this week.

"It's a great challenge for me," said Murray. "It's obviously a very difficult match but I feel like I'm hitting the ball well.

"So I need to go in with the right attitude, the right game plan, and play my style of tennis on this surface. I've played many great matches with Rafa in the past, I always enjoy playing against him. I'll give 110% - I think I've got a chance."

Nadal has won both their previous meetings on clay, one of which came in the Monte Carlo semis two years ago, but Murray feels he has benefited from practising with the nine-time Grand Slam champion this week.

"I think having played him here before was good for me," said the Briton. "Obviously getting a chance to practise with him as well is good.

"I expect a very tough match. I know his game well, so I'm expecting him to come out all guns blazing, but I'll be ready. I understand that if I want to win, I'll have to play one of the best matches of my life."

Rafa Nadal celebrates after beating Andy Murray

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