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Nic Ladds 15th Feb 2009 - 3:34

Murray ready for Rafa in Rotterdam

Andy Murray will go head-to-head with Rafael Nadal for the seventh time in his career on Sunday in the final of the ATP Rotterdam - and you can watch all the action unfold right here on betliveTV.

The top-two seeds will play in the final for the first time since 1984, and with this tournament being upgraded to one of only 11 ATP-500 events, you can be sure both players will be giving their all.

World number one Nadal hasn't had the easiest of passages to the showpiece match; he's been taken to three sets in each of the previous rounds barring the semi-final, where he beat a clearly not-fully-fit Gaël Monfils. He was also pushed all the way by another Frenchman, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in the quarter-final before eventually going through.

Murray, on the other hand, has dropped just one set so far, although admittedly has faced no one of Monfils or Tsonga's quality. He beat Mario Ancic for the loss of just three games in his semi-final - and looks to be in great form heading into another huge match.

Bearing this in mind, we've made Nadal only slight favourite in the betting, with odds of 8/13. Murray, great form or not, has a 1-5 career record against the Spaniard, and is priced at 6/5.

These two giants of the game last met on tour in the US Open semi-final in September. Started on a Saturday, but finished on Sunday due to heavy rain, Murray - then ranked number six in the world - was a deserving winner.

The Nadal seen by the Flushing Meadows crowd over those two days is not the same player who will step onto the Ahoy Rotterdam court on Sunday though. The Mallorca-born mega-star has recently added the Australian Open crown to his growing trophy collection, and is only the US Open short of completing the career grand slam.

Murray, who was seen by many (including our very own tennis compilers) as the favourite for the Aussie Open, will certainly find the going tough on Sunday.

But, as the saying goes, when the going gets tough, the tough get going - and there's not many in the game tougher than the Scottish sensation. He's even prone to showing us just how tough he is, with his now trademark pose of flexing his muscles at the end of a match.

Just one of the many markets we've got available for the match is set betting - as favourite, Nadal is 13/8 to win 2-0 and 13/5 to win 2-1, while Murray to win by the same scores are 3/1 and 10/3 shots respectively.

The game should be a close affair, and will probably go the distance, which makes the 11/10 we're offering on there being three sets in the match look like a decent value bet.

And remember, once you've placed your bets, you'll be able to watch each ace, double-fault, rally and point right here at William Hill through our betliveTV service - all you have to do to view the action is be logged in.

Rafael Nadal v Andy Murray - Sunday 13:10

 

Head-to-head stats - how do these two players compare?
Rafael Nadal Parera Name Andrew Murray
1 ATP Rotterdam seed 2
1 Current ATP ranking 4
1 (18 August 2008)
Career high ATP ranking 4 (8 September 2008)
3 June 1986 Birth date 15 May 1987
Mallorca, Spain Birth place/residence Dunblane, Scotland
6'1'' (185 cm) Height 6'3'' (190 cm)
188 lbs (85 kg) Weight 185 lbs (84 kg)
Left-handed Plays Right-handed
2001 Turned professional 2005
Toni Nadal Coach Miles Maclagan
1 YTD singles titles 1
9-1 YTD singles won-lost 8-1
$1,404,950 YTD prize money $244,773
32 Career singles titles 9
344-78 Career singles won-lost 163-66
$22,162,597 Career prize money $5,744,207
12 Masters 1000 titles 2
6 Grand Slam titles
0
Best Grand Slam results
Winner (2009) Australian Open 4th round (2007, 2009)
Winner (2005-2008) French Open 3rd round (2008)
Winner (2008) Wimbledon Quarter-final (2008)
Semi-final (2008) US Open Final (2008)
Previous meetings
Year Tournament Surface Round Winner Score
2008 US Open Hard SF Murray 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
2008 ATP Masters Series Canada Hard SF Nadal 7-6, 6-3
2008 Wimbledon Grass QF Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-4
2008 ATP Masters Series Hamburg Clay R16 Nadal 6-3, 6-2
2007 ATP Masters Series Madrid Hard R16 Nadal 7-6, 6-4
2007 Australian Open Hard R16 Nadal 6-7, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
 
 
 

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