When judging Andy Murray you have to give the kid credit for pushing one of the greatest tennis players of all time to serve up some of his best ever skills.

Rafa Nadal, a true champion, paid the proud Scot the ultimate accolade after coming back from losing the first set to claim a stunning 4 set victory when he said: “I had to play my best tennis to beat him.”

As predicted, Murray pushed the Spaniard closer than many expected but still came up short because he was up against one of the all-time greats. “I feel sorry for Andy and I wish him all the best for the rest of the year,” were the genuine, comforting words from Rafa minutes after his latest briliant semi-final success over Murray.

Ever since his epic triumph over Roger Federer, arguably the greatest of them all, in the best ever Wimbledon Men’s Singles Final of 2008, Rafa has powered his way to staking his own claim to be the top player in the history of tennis.

After beating Murray for the second successive year in the semi-final, he’s now up against the new world No.1 Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s Final.

Novak Djokovic battled past Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to reach his first Wimbledon final and replace Rafael Nadal at the top of the world rankings. The second seed won 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 6-7 (9-11) 6-3 in three hours, six minutes.