The defending champion Andy Murray thrashed Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2 to progress to the semi-finals of the Madrid Open.
The game becomes all the more interesting when two great personalities clash on the court. This is what is going to happen on Sunday when Murray (World No. 2) will take on the clay court champion Rafael Nadal.
Murray seems to be in good form as he beats the Czech international Tomas Berdych 6-3 6-2 on Friday to record a first win over the Czech on clay. On the other hand Nadal had to fight hard to get past Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 thereby marking his entry into the semi-final.
When Murray was asked about his preparations against Nadal he said, “You prepare to play against the best clay court player of all time and get yourself ready for that challenge mentally.
“I practised with him in Mallorca for a few days, which was good. It’s great practice, but you can see some things, as well,” he added.
Nadal also posted his comments regarding the match against Murray and said, “This year is completely different to the previous years. I have different feelings. Murray played really well today and has been during the whole week. It’s going to be a very tough match. I have to give my best if I want to have options. I cannot think of last year. Of course I hope that I don’t repeat what happened last year.”
Murray defeated Nadal in straight sets in Madrid in 2015 to win his first Masters title on clay, but Murray lost to Nadal in the Monte Carlo semifinals last month.