World No. 1 Rafael Nadal survived a stern test on Wednesday afternoon, when he defeated Spain’s David Ferrer to reach the semi-final round of the French Open. He will next meet Andy Murray, and while he is a significant betting favourite to win the match, he considers the Briton to be a legitimate “candidate to win Roland Garros.”
Murray, who is currently ranked at No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, has not won a single title on the ATP World Tour since his historic run to the Wimbledon title last summer. The British No. 1 has also never won a clay court title, which is what makes Rafa’s statement all the more intriguing.
“He can play very well on all the surfaces,” said Nada about his upcoming opponent. “It’s nothing new that he plays very well on clay. It’s not the first time he’s in semi-finals of Roland Garros… He’s a candidate to win Roland Garros.”
Nadal leads Murray 14-5 in the head-to-head series, including a win last month at the Rome Masters. It was a tight three-set battle, which ended with Rafa breaking Murray to secure a spot in the semi-final round. The Spaniard actually holds a victory over Murray at the French Open when they met in the semi-final round back in 2011.
The two competitors are scheduled to meet on Friday afternoon.