Mauled Murray licks wounds after worst defeat by Rafa

Fri Jun 6, 2014 1:30pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

PARIS (Reuters) - Andy Murray found no crumbs of comfort after a French Open semi-final mauling at the hands of Rafa Nadal on Friday, describing it as the toughest of his 20 meetings with the Spaniard.

The Wimbledon champion was allowed only six games as he was completely overwhelmed by an opponent who cut him down to size in brutal fashion to set up a final against Novak Djokovic.

Murray had no break points and scored only 10 points on the world number one's serve as the claycourt machine spat out forehand winner after forehand winner.

He has now lost 15 times to Nadal, winning only five.

"Today he was hitting extremely hard, extremely heavy, returning well, and was hitting it well on the run," a glum-looking Murray, the seventh seed, told reporters.

"Yeah, that's the toughest match I have played against him."

Murray's recent performance against Nadal in Rome where he pushed the eight-times French champion close offered hope that the Scot could cause a shock on Phillipe Chatrier court.

"I played a very good match against him in Rome. I played a tactically very good match against him in Rome," Murray said.   Continued...

Andy Murray of Britain reacts during his men's semi-final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 6, 2014.        REUTERS/Vincent Kessler