Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Andy Wants to Trouble Nadal

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lawn Tennis: Andy Wants to Trouble Nadal

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Byline: By Jamie Gardner

ANDY Murray relishes the chance to test himself against Rafael Nadal for the first time in the senior ranks when the pair meet in the Australian Open fourth round today.

The British number one, seeded 15th in Melbourne, knows the odds are against him when he faces the powerful Spaniard, but having already claimed the scalp of Roger Federer in his brief career, the 19-year-old is in bullish mood.

"I'm looking forward to challenging one of the best players in the world on a big stage and seeing how my game matches up against him," he said.

"I've had the chance to play Federer, (Andy) Roddick, (Nikolay) Davydenko, (Ivan) Ljubicic, (Tommy) Robredo. I've played all those guys.

"Nadal is the only one I haven't. He's someone that I have a lot of respect for. He has a good game, he fights a lot. I just want to see what sort of problems I can cause him and find game plans for the future when I play against him as well."

Though it is their first meeting at the top level, the pair crossed paths earlier in their development, with Nadal the elder by 11 months.

"I think the first time I saw him was maybe when I was 13. I think it was in France," Murray recalled. "It was at a European team championship. I just remember watching him playing."

Murray has yet to drop a set in Melbourne, a record Nadal cannot boast after requiring four sets to see off Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round.

The Scot's coach Brad Gilbert wants his player to follow up on an impressive serving performance in his third-round win over Argentina's Juan Ignacio Chela.

Murray got 71% of his first serves in, firing nine aces over the three sets.

"The key is going to be how well Andy serves and how aggressively he can play against Nadal, I think that is the big factor," said Gilbert.

Andy Roddick won through to the quarter-finals after a rollercoaster match against Croatian Mario Ancic on day seven. Roger Federer also cleared his fourth-round hurdle when he cruised past Novak Djokovic, with seventh seed Tommy Robredo, Czech Tomas Berdych and German 12th seed Tommy Haas the other winners yesterday. …

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