22 Mar 2009

Nadal to play Murray in Indian Wells final

5:26 pm on 22 March 2009

World number one Rafael Nadal will have to reverse a two-match losing streak against Britain's Andy Murray if he is to clinch his 12th Masters Series title.

Although the Spanish left-hander leads Murray 5-2 in career meetings, the Scot won their semi-final encounter at the U.S.

Open in September and the Rotterdam final earlier this year.

The pair advanced to the final of the ATP event at Indian Wells with contrasting victories, Nadal holding off a late challenge by American Andy Roddick to win 6-4 7-6 after Murray had beaten an error-prone Roger Federer 6-3 4-6 6-1.

Top seed Nadal, who won in Indian Wells in 2007, has great respect for world number four Murray who has lost just one match out of 21 this season.