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Live – Moya v Nadal

French Open

Quarter-final result:


4-6 3-6 0-6


By Caroline Cheese

Third set

Moya 4-6 3-6 0-6 Nadal
Moya gets the biggest cheer of the day when he saves a match point with a smart volley. He has two chances to take the game but Nadal keeps coming back at him and eventually Moya crumbles.

“I’ve got a funny feeling Moya will sneak a game here. He deserves it.”
BBC Sport analyst John Lloyd

Moya 4-6 3-6 0-5 Nadal
Nadal makes an error. I can’t remember when he made the last one. It’s 30-30, but just as John Lloyd is pondering whether Nadal just doesn’t want to ‘bagel’ his friend, the world number two rips a forehand winner and banishes those thoughts.

Moya 4-6 3-6 0-4 Nadal
Nadal is held up… by one of those cursed Mexican waves the French crowd are so keen on. Another break for the Beast. Moya will do well to get on the board in this game.

“I think Nadal’s opponents thus far have lacked self-belief. I think Djokovic has the self belief the rest lack and will be a serious worry for Nadal.”
bigbicepfan on 606

Moya 4-6 3-6 0-3 Nadal
The mistakes are beginning to flow now from a mentally and physically exhausted Moya. The 21-year-old is teaching the 30-year-old a lesson here.

Moya 4-6 3-6 0-2 Nadal
Every point is such an effort for Moya. He has game points but Nadal just keeps coming back and eventually an exhausted Moya pings a backhand wide to drop serve. You wouldn’t think Moya was a mate of Nadal’s.

Moya 4-6 3-6 0-1 Nadal
Nadal holds quite easily to open this third set. He’ll face Novak Djokovic in the last four – unless, of course, there is a miraculous Moya comeback.

Second set

“Moya has come back from two sets down five times in his career which must be up there as one of the best records out there. But against Nadal? On clay?”
BBC Sport analyst John Lloyd

Moya 4-6 3-6 Nadal
Moya shows his frustration by kicking a ball – on the volley – into the net. Impressive. He delights the crowd with a lob volley – off his racket this time – to save one set point but Nadal takes the second of three to take complete control.

Moya 4-6 3-5 Nadal
The crowd come alive as Moya takes a 30-0 lead on Nadal’s serve. It’s not enough though because Nadal simply reels off four points in a row. Moya must have that sinking feeling now.

“The cakewalk continues. Carlos Moya’t-as-well not-have-bothered-to-turn-up will be plucked, cooked and served in 45 minutes.”
irememberrod on 606

Moya 4-6 3-4 Nadal
Moya hangs on in there, as Nadal struggles to cope with his opponent’s first serve.

Moya 4-6 2-4 Nadal
The crowd briefly come to life as Moya whips a forehand down the line – and Nadal miraculously manages to flick it back cross-court. It would have been the shot of the tournament – but it’s out. Nadal holds to 15.

Moya 4-6 2-3 Nadal
Good effort from Moya, who must be wondering which way to turn now. There’s Banderas wafting his fan again.

Moya 4-6 1-3 Nadal
Hold from Nadal as he marches towards a semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

“It’s a nice match with some exciting rallies but there’s no real belief from the crowd – perhaps even from Carlos himself – that he can win this match. Nadal has all the answers.”
BBC Sport analyst John Lloyd

Moya 4-6 1-2 Nadal
Moya opens the game with a booming backhand winner better – but Nadal just has to go one better with an absolute ripper cross-court. It’s so good, it draws gasps from the crowd. Nadal goes on to earn a break point and Moya double-faults. The writing’s on the wall folks.

Moya 4-6 1-1 Nadal
Moya is putting in a phenomenal effort here but Nadal is just a bit too good. It’s a close game but the defending champ comes through.

“I’m impressed by Moya. I doubt he will take a set off Nadal but its not impossible. Djokovic looks more threatening.”
JLeaderMaynard on 606

Moya 4-6 1-0 Nadal
Moya fends off a break point but he’s swimming against the tide a little bit at the moment.

First set

“Wow. 17. That’s a lot of unforced errors from Moya.”
BBC Sport analyst John Lloyd

Moya 4-6 Nadal
Bit of a poor show from Moya there, almost giving Nadal the set with a string of terrible returns. It’s another love service game. ‘Barcelona Bumblebee’ Arantxa Sanchez Vicario looks on, while Tony Banderas cools himself with a fan. How odd.

Moya 4-5 Nadal
Nadal taps his racket with annoyance as he belts a return long. Moya holds to love – the first love game of the match.

Moya 3-5 Nadal
You’ve gotta love that forehand of Moya’s – mainly because it’s not often you see Nadal flailing about at the back of the court. Two big hits get Moya to 30-30 but Nadal holds serve.

Moya 3-4 Nadal
After all the effort of the last game, Moya wastes it by dropping serve again. Nadal is just relentless.

Moya 3-3 Nadal
Brilliant recovery from Moya. In a punishing game, Nadal saves one break point but on a second, he throws in a ridiculous drop shot which Moya gladly dispatches. Vamos Carlos!

“Is that what the tour has come to? Instead of predicting who’s going to win, we speculate about whether players can take a set off either Federer or Nadal!”
mikesiva on 606

Moya 2-3 Nadal
Nadal cranks up the pressure on break point and Moya fluffs his drop shot. The French TV director is obssessed with Antonio Banderas. You’d think they’d never had a celebrity at Roland Garros before. And it was only last year that Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughan spent a day on Philllipe Chatrier Court.

Moya 2-2 Nadal
The easiest service game so far for either player as Nadal loses only one point.

“Nadal will drop a set against Moya. That’s my prediction. Agree/disagree?”
Tennisanorak on 606

Moya 2-1 Nadal
Not even a celebrity is allowed to take his seat during play. Actor Antonio Banderas, or Tony Flags as he is known to his English fans, waits patiently as Moya hangs onto his serve from break point down.

Moya 1-1 Nadal
Moya lands the first blow in the battle of the forehands as he powers one onto the sideline but Nadal hits back with his first winner off that wing on his way to recovering from 0-30.

Moya 1-0 Nadal
Awesome start from Nadal who flicks a delicious backhand crosscourt. Good recovery from Moya as he completes the game with his first ace of the day.

1352 BST: Away we go. Moya to serve.

1346 BST: Moya has dropped only two sets on his way to the quarter-finals – both against Andreas Seppi in the first round. Since then, he’s got past Florent Serra, Juan Pablo Brzezicki and Jonas Bjorkman in straight sets. Nadal, of course, is yet to drop a set and his French Open record reads: Won 18 Lost 0.

1342 BST: The arty French TV director gives us a close-up of Moya’s arm tattoo followed by one of Nadal’s foot, which is jiggling up and down in anticipation.

1342 BST: Here come the players. Nadal marches on second and gets the slightly bigger cheer.

1341 BST: The pair have met five times, Nadal leading 3-2. The younger man has won two of their three meetings on the dirt.

1336 BST: This match sees the number two seed and defending champion Nadal up against the 1998 champion Moya. Moya played mentor to his fellow Mallorcan when Nadal arrived on tour but the young pretender has long since overtaken the 30-year-old in the rankings.

1330 BST: Novak Djokovic wraps up a straight-sets win over unseeded Russian Igor Andreev. He becomes the third Serb to reach the singles semi-finals in Paris.


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