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BBC pundits on Rafael Nadal's win over Andy Murray

Andy Murray

Highlights - Nadal too strong for Murray (UK only)

John McEnroe
By John McEnroe
Three-time Wimbledon winner

The only chance Murray had was to get off to a good start, and he did.

He served and volleyed very effectively. He tried absolutely everything, he was right there, but you've got to win one of the first two sets against Nadal, no question about it, or you're done.

It's not often you look at a match and you watch a second set tie-break - like today when Andy was at 6-5, he's up set point - and it feels like match point down. That was absolutely the moment.

You could hear the crowd when he missed his first serve - they were like 'oh no, something bad's going to happen', and expecting it to happen.

Rafael Nadal

Murray will win Grand Slam very soon - Nadal

Nadal has a point when he was down 2-0 in the tie-break and he had this look in his eye which said 'I don't care what you throw at me, what shot you hit, I'm not going to lose this point'.

He seems to do that so often and that's so debilitating to play against.

It's an incredible weapon, like having the greatest serve in the world, that will, and when you add it to all the other stuff he has...

The guy's a great volleyer now. He was doing to Murray what Murray does to other players, giving them the off-speed pitches, slicing the backhand, even moving in at times.

For the first two sets, that was the best I've ever seen Murray serve, but how are you going to come back from two sets down against Nadal?

Rafa has a chance to be there with Federer, Sampras and Laver. He downplays it, but he's 14-7 against Federer who's the greatest player of all time.

If Nadal stays healthy for another couple of years, how can you not put him in the same league as those guys?

My worry is simply his health. A week ago, we were wondering if he's going to finish the tournament - now we're looking at him and saying 'how in the world do you beat this guy?'.

My advice to Murray? Just keep doing what you're doing. It's not his fault he lost.

John Lloyd
By John Lloyd
Former GB Davis Cup captain

Nadal against Murray today was absolutely brilliant.

On big points he was the master and again he just showed over five sets on any surface how difficult it is, how many good shots you have to play constantly, to get through his defences.

Deflated Murray still targets Grand Slam title

It just wears you down eventually, and Murray towards the end was going for shots too early in the rally. He just didn't have enough in him.

Nadal forces you to keep going for close-to-the-line shots, and Murray just started making too many errors.

Murray started off with a break in the third set and you thought, okay he still thinks he can win this match, but to me it looked like midway through that set he just ran out of ideas.

To break though against Rafa is so difficult - Andy just started making too many errors, and that was the end of it.

John McEnroe and John Lloyd were talking on BBC TV



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