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PARIS -- Andy Murray headed out on court with an opportunity to reach the French Open final for the first time. Rafael Nadal, however, didnt give him a chance. Murray, who missed the tournament at Roland Garros last year because of a back injury, reached the semifinals for the second time in four years. But for the second time in four years, he was beaten by Nadal in straight sets. "It was a tough day for me," said Murray, who lost 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 Friday. "It was a bad, bad day." Murrays serve was broken six times, the same number of break-point chances Nadal had. On the other end, Murray failed to even earn a break chance. "He missed hardly any balls," Murray said. "I mean, his forehand -- especially with the conditions the way they were today -- was incredibly hard to control the ball." Murray is now 7-7 in Grand Slam semifinals. He has won two major titles, including at Wimbledon last year where he became the first British man to win the grass-court tournament in southwest London since Fred Perry in 1936. But clay is a tougher surface for a player who likes the speedier courts. And playing on clay against Nadal, an eight-time French Open champion with a 65-1 record at Roland Garros, is tougher still. "Today, I was mis-hitting a lot of balls. It was incredibly frustrating," Murray said. "In some ways you start trying too hard, and it doesnt always appear that way. But you want to do stuff too badly, and you end up making more mistakes and things get worse." The weather didnt help. After nearly two weeks of overcast skies and cool weather, the sun was out and the temperature soared to 28 degrees C (82 degrees F). Perfect conditions for Nadal on his favourite court in the world. "He served well and I didnt return well. Simple," Murray said. "Ball was coming through the court quicker today." Murray won his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in 2012. That was after losing his first four major finals, and it was also after hiring Ivan Lendl as coach. The Czech great helped Murray finally become a major champion, and a Wimbledon champion a year later, but the pair split in March and Murray has been without a coach since. With another Wimbledon coming up, the defending champion said there was a 50-50 chance he would have a new coach in place by the time the tournament starts on June 23. But he wasnt even too sure about that. "I dont know. I dont know," Murray said, shaking off a reporters question as he tried to shake off the defeat. "I would hope to have someone in place. I dont know." Rod Streater Jersey. - Vince Carter, heading into his 17th NBA season, doesnt consider age a big issue anymore. Jim Otto Jersey.Y. -- As if the worst start in franchise history isnt bad enough, Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black braced his teams win-starved fans for potentially more tough times. http://www.proraidersauthentic.com/authentic-antonio-smith-raiders-jersey/. -- Craig Anderson has quite a record against his former team, the Florida Panthers. Fred Biletnikoff Jersey. Price was hurt at the start of Wednesdays practice after facing just one shot as the team worked on their power play. He left the ice in discomfort and appeared to be favouring his leg. A Habs source told TSNs John Lu that Price suffered the injury in Sochi and not before the Olympics. Lester Hayes Jersey. With one penalty, Fourcade finished in 24 minutes, 58.2 seconds, just nine-tenths of a second ahead of Timofey Lapshin, who shot clean in the cold.Theres a big day of Premier League football coming up on Sunday... Click here to listen to the latest Sky Sports Now Podcast!Jamie Redknapp gives his thoughts on Liverpools impressive form ahead of their clash at home to Watford and Harry Kanes importance for Tottenham ahead of the North London derby at Arsenal. Danny Higginbotham tells us why he thinks Jose Mourinho needs to change his system as Man Utd prepare to face Swansea. Download the Podcast now! Click tto access the latest Sky Sports Now Podcast.dddddddddddd.. Well also hear from Mark Warburton on Rangers recent form, while Stuart Pearce tells us what its like to manage Joey Barton. Remember, Sky Sports Now is on every weekday from 10am - join us next week when well welcome guests including Paul Lambert, Danny Mills, Darren Bent, Kris Boyd Tony Cottee, Matt Elliott and Phil Thompson. Also See: Sign in to watch SSN HQ Premier League Fixtures Get Sky Sports Cheap NFL Jerseys China ' ' '

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