Posted by Barrie on Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Andy Murray Faces Marin Cilic in Australian Open Last 4

Andy Murray booked his place into his first Australian Semi Final after Rafael Nadal withdrew from the match early in the third set.

The world number 4 lead 6-3 7-6 3-0 at the time and was deservedly so. Andy Murray's backhand was a good weapon in this match, not to mention his forehand. He has weapons all over the court as the world number 2 found out. He was serving better and coming out on top of most of the rallies in what was a surprising below-par Nadal performance.

Rafael Nadal said his knee injury that forced him to retire occurred towards the end of the second set. Murray won that set on a tie break.

Andy Murray faces Marin Cilic in the semi final on Friday. The big Croatian defeated Andy Roddick in five sets with the American suffering a shoulder injury during the match. Cilic comfortably defeated Murray at the US Open last year. Murray didn't look comfortable or prepared for the match back in September but he is playing near his best in this tournament, still yet to drop a set as he closes in on what would only be his second career Grand Slam final.

Rafael Nadal's knees have been a problem for a while now and could see him drop a few places in the world rankings over the coming months with ranking points lost here and potentially in the future if he doesn't fully recover and match his performances in tournaments this time last year, winning 4 titles between the first two Grand Slams. Novak Djokovic has made a good start to this year, as has Andy Murray and Nikolay Davydenko who are all looking to overtake Nadal in the rankings, as is Juan Martin Del Potro.

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