Jan 26, 2009

Vamos Nando! Give me 5!

It doesn't have to take Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer to beat Andy Murray.

Fernando Verdasco can do the job too.

Nando sent Murray packing after defeating the bookies' favourite 2-6, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 today.

Nando, who won the crucial rubber that won Spain the 2008 Davis Cup against Argentina in Buenos Aires, became the first left hander, other than Nadal, to beat Murray at tour level.

On several occasions throughout the match Murray chastised himself, at one point in the fourth set screaming “what the hell are you doing?”.

Murray, however, blamed himself for not converting his chances.
“I could have started a couple of the sets better,” Murray told reporters.

“I went behind, played a couple of poor games early in the second and fourth sets to get behind."

“If I sort of stayed on top there, that might have made a bit of a difference."

“But apart from that…I did have my chances.”
Nando will next meet fifth seed Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in the quarterfinals after beating James Blake in straight sets.
“For me it was one of the biggest goals to be in quarter-finals for first time in a grand slam,” he said.

“I was feeling with big confidence and pretty fit. So I was (confident) to make quarter-finals for the first time.

“Right now I am so happy to make this goal possible.”

(Via Reuters; Images via Yahoo! Sports)

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