Nadal and Djokovic eager to renew hostilities

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By Pritha Sarkar

PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray will draw on the experience of being a grand slam champion and Ernests Gulbis will rely on his "unhealthy diet full of ketchup" as they attempt to prevent a Rafa Nadal-Novak Djokovic final at the French Open.

The last time Murray faced eight-times champion Nadal at Roland Garros, in the 2011 semi-finals, the Briton was still one of the many also-rans on the tour.

Since then, however, the Scot has captured the U.S. Open title and sent 60 million Britons into delirium by winning Wimbledon last July.

That success has made Murray believe he can pull off a feat achieved only once in the past decade - beating Nadal in a best-of-five-set match on the Spaniard's beloved red clay.

"I obviously know how to win these tournaments now so hopefully that will give me a little bit more confidence and belief when I go on the court on Friday," said the seventh seed who has not won a title since that surreal July day in southwest London.

"I'll give 100 percent of what I've got on Friday and see how it goes."

Even that might not be enough against a man who hates leaving Roland Garros without taking a bite out of the Musketeers' Cup.

When Robin Soderling designed the blueprint for beating Nadal at Roland Garros in 2009, someone should have told him to copyright the plans and sell it on the open market.   Continued...

Rafael Nadal (L) of Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia pose before their men's singles semi-final match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 7, 2013.  REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Files