Andy Murray is indeed one of the world's greatest tennis players, but he has yet to win a major primarily because he has difficulty beating Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has proven a nemesis to a number of players, but, perhaps, none so more than Murray, who will meet him for the fourth time in a Grand Slam semifinal later today. The latest Sports Betting Odds are siding with history, favoring Nadal at -210 on the moneyline to advance to his fifth Wimbledon final.
Andy Murray has cleared the Rafael Nadal hurdle four times in his career, but he has never done so at Wimbledon, where the Spaniard has turned him back in straight sets on two occasions.
The pair faced off in the semifinals at the All England Club as recently as last year when Nadal beat the Brit 6-4, 7-6, 6-4. The match, which lasted 142 minutes, featured 15 Murray aces to Nadal's four; however, Murray landed just 55 of his 92 first serves, thus robbing himself of a number of scoring chances.
Murray did much the same last month when he and Nadal tangled in the semifinals at the French Open. The lanky 24 year old performed better, connecting on 67 of his 104 first serve opportunities, but he was still a far cry from equaling Nadal, who hit 87 of 119.
If Murray, who beat Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in Wednesday's quarters, can keep that aspect of his game under control tomorrow, he may be able to thwart Nadal like he did at the 2008 U.S. Open and 2010 Australian Open.
Nadal, who is chasing his third Wimbledon and 11th Grand Slam titles, has struggled at times in his last two matches as the 25 year old needed four sets to get by both Juan Martin Del Potro and Mardy Fish.
Still, beating Nadal will not be easy, something Murray well knows given that he has lost to the four time Wimbledon finalist 11 times.
2011 Wimbledon Semifinals Odds Rafael Nadal vs Andy Murray Predictions:
Rafael Nadal -3.5 Games (-110), Over 40.5 Games (-130), -210 (Moneyline)
Andy Murray +3.5 (-130), Under 40.5 Games (-110), +160 (Moneyline)