For yet another occasion, Andy Murray has Rafael Nadal in between himself and a place in the final, as the two battle in the semifinals of the Wimbledon Championships at the All-England club.

Last year, at the same stage, the Scot was defeated as Nadal went on to beat Tomas Berdych in th finals to claim the Wimbledon title at Centre Court.

Dauntingly, Nadal will be determined not to make life easy for Novak Djokovic, who will oust the Spaniard from the top of the world rankings if he wins his semifinal against Jo-Wilfriend Tsonga, irrespective of how Nadal fares.

Murray faces Nadal, who has a 11-4 head-to-head record against the Scot, having lost to him at the same stage in the French Open last month. Both men will be nursing and braving injuries, Nadal having an ankle problem and Murray experience issues in his hip.

 

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Andy Murray of Britain trains on court 17 at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London.

Both players came through unhurt after practice on Thursday, and Murray told BBC Sport, I feel fine, I'm just looking forward to tomorrow now. I'll do all the right preparation and recovery stuff and try and play my best tomorrow.

On his chances against the defending champion, Murray was optimistic. I believe I can win against him, he said. I had chances last year. I was a break up in the third set, had break point on my serve in the second set - I think there was only one break in the first set. We both played good tennis.

I just have to have a better game plan. Sometimes it comes down to strategy, sometimes it comes down to having experience. I just have to go out there and play well, serve well, and believe I'll have a chance.

Nadal himself is taking nothing for granted, despite an impressive head-to-head record.

Every year is a different situation, said the 25-year-old Spaniard. Last year I beat him here in the semi-finals bit it was a very close match, even if it was in straight sets. In the second set he had a set point on his serve.

So the match will be very difficult for me, I think he's playing at a very, very high level.

However, he maintained that his injured foot remains an issue and that he would play with injections to numb the pain.

My foot is not fine, he added, I have pain in the foot, I cannot run in perfect conditions without (an injection). But with the anaesthetic, I don't feel the pain.