Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray
Nadal and Murray meet for the second time in 2015 with plenty at stake. Getty Images

Andy Murray continues his Davis Cup preparations against former world number Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Where to watch

Murray vs Nadal is live on BBC Two HD, Sky Sports 1HD and BBC Radio Five Live sports extra at 2pm.


Andy Murray will go in pursuit of a first semi-final at the ATP World Tour Finals for three years and the year-end world number two when he faces two-time finalist Rafael Nadal at the O2 Arena in London. After seeing off David Ferrer in two sets on Monday [16 November] the British number one is in sight of the knock-out stage where he has not appeared since 2012.

Murray, confirmed in Great Britain's Davis Cup final team to face Belgium on 27-29 November, is using the season-ending tour finals as preparation for the tie on clay in Ghent and could guarantee himself a fourth warm-up match should the scenarios go his way on day four. Should he oust Nadal, only a two set win for Stanislas Wawrinka will see the Scot denied a place in the last four, but any win will see him end 2015 at a career-best second in the world.

In his way is a rejuvenated Nadal, who provided evidence in abundance that he can be a threat on the slow surface in Greenwich. Wawrinka was swatted aside in straight sets to put the Spaniard on course for the knock-out phase.

Rafael Nadal
Nadal produced some of his best tennis of the year in defeating Stanislas Wawrinka. Getty Images

The pair have met 17 times previously, but just once in 2015 as Murray thumped Nadal at the Madrid Masters at the left-hander's lowest ebb. Nadal has won 11 of their career meetings but only once on a hard court since their last meeting at the ATP Finals, where he required two tiebreaks to take the match.

What the players say

Andy Murray: "If I didn't play here, I would have gone three weeks or something without playing a match before the Davis Cup Final. Obviously it's a different surface here, but playing matches against the best players in the world is also fantastic preparation.

"I've totally, like I said, changed my schedule and the way I've trained over the last two months, since our last Davis Cup tie, to make sure I am fresh for this part of the season, which hasn't always been the case. Last year I came in probably not feeling my best after playing six weeks in a row.

"I've only played two tournaments in the last six or seven weeks, seven or eight weeks really. I feel good just now. Hopefully I can perform well here and in Belgium. I believe that I've given myself the best chance to do that."

Rafael Nadal: "I won the first match, that's all. No, no, I cannot think about that, seriously. I didn't win enough this year to think about this kind of things.

"Think about winning a World Tour Finals in a year that I didn't win very important tournaments. I didn't win enough. So thinking about winning the tougher tournament of the year for me, because is in the worst surface possible, against the worst players possible."

Betting odds (source William Hill):

Andy Murray 4/7 vs 11/8 Rafael Nadal

Head-to-head record: Murray 6-15 Nadal. Last match Madrid Masters (clay) Murray bt Nadal 6-3 6-2

Previous meetings at the ATP World Tour Finals: Murray 0-1 Nadal. Last match Nadal bt Murray 7-6 3–6 7-6