- Wimbledon 2010
Rafael Nadal delivered the performance of a seven-time Grand Slam champion to end Andy Murray’s hopes of reaching his first Wimbledon final.
Murray had hoped to become the first British man since 1938 to reach the final but Nadal was stronger in the key moments as he won 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.
The Spaniard made the decisive move in a superb second set tie-break. Nadal will meet Czech Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final after the 12th seed beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets. “It was a very, very good match for me,” the world number one told BBC Sport.
“To beat Andy you have to play your best tennis, it’s always a big challenge and it was an amazing victory for me against one of the toughest opponents in the world.” The Majorcan, who was unable to defend his 2008 title last year because of injury, extended his winning streak at the All England Club to 13 matches as he reached his fourth straight final.
The defeat sees Murray miss out for the second year in a row on ending the 72-year wait for a successor to Bunny Austin, Britain’s last male finalist, and ensures it will be at least 75 years before there is a successor to Fred Perry as a British Wimbledon men’s singles champion. “I’m not feeling like I played terrible,” said Murray. “I’m disappointed to have lost, I didn’t play a bad match at all. I’ve had some good wins against Rafa where I played great tennis.
“It’s not like I played badly. He played great, and that was the difference.”