Rafa gets day off -- and he'll need it

Murray makes Nadal earn his berth in Monday's U.S. Open final against Djokovic

Updated: September 11, 2011, 9:40 AM ET
By Jane McManus | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Rafael Nadal was positively sneering on the baseline, awaiting a serve that brought with it an opportunity called match point.

All match long, Andy Murray had pushed Nadal from side to side and up to reach well-angled shots near the net during points so long that both players looked winded.

But the fourth-seeded Murray would lose the match on a relatively short point, sending a backhand wide as No. 2 Nadal won 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the U.S. Open ...

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