Brutal Nadal shatters Murray’s dream again

LONDON, (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal delivered another  display of remarkable mental fortitude and brilliant shot-making  to withstand an early assault from Andy Murray and beat the home favourite 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon final yesterday.

The top seed and defending champion will play Novak Djokovic  tomorrow after ending Murray’s bid to become the first Briton  to win the title in 75 years.

Fourth seed Murray played a brilliant first set to get the  Centre Court crowd buzzing but the Spaniard took it in his  stride and, combining his famed big-match temperament and  incredible consistency, fought back for a fully-deserved  victory. It took him to his 13th grand slam final in which he will  bid for his 11th major title and third at Wimbledon.

The victory continued the remarkable Wimbledon run of the  Spaniard, whose last defeat in the tournament came in the 2007  final against Roger Federer. Nadal won it in 2008, missed 2009  through injury but came back to triumph again last year after  also beating Murray in the semis.

“It’s a dream to be back in the final. I’m very happy,”  Nadal said after congratulating Murray for his spirited effort.

The Briton had come out for his third successive Wimbledon  semi-final and third grand slam semi of the year full of  attacking intent and quickly had the Centre Court crowd buzzing  as he went for his shots at every opportunity

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