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Rafa Nadal admits he is going to have to step it up a gear when he faces Andy Murray.
The Rome Masters defending champion has spent more then five hours on court in his two games to get into the quarter-finals.
And the king of clay knows he has to improve against no.7 seed and Wimbledon champion Murray if he is going to reach the final.
The Spaniard said: “It will be a tough match and I need to play much better.
“I am confident. I have to go on court with the right mentality, I have to be aggressive, and doing the right things if I want to have chances to win, a little more control, a little more spin.
“We’ll see. It’s a positive match to play because you play against one of the best player of the world after two tough days. If I am going to play well I’ll have my chances, if not I am going to spend the weekend in Mallorca.”
Although Nadal and Murray have been at the top of the game for years now they have surprisingly not played in three years.
And Nadal added: “It’s unusual, we both have been top player for the last couple of year and it’s normal to have a lot of confrontation.
“It will be a positive match. He’s a very good guy, I admire him a lot like a player and I am happy to see him back on the tour even if as a rival he’s one of the toughest.
“It’s good to have good people around. I don’t know how he has changed his play, I know he has a complete game but I have to focus on myself.”