Nadal will face Murray in the semifinal of the 2011 French Open.


Rafael Nadal gave the most comprehensive of answers to questions about his form as he destroyed Robin Soderling to reach the semi-finals of the French Open. Gunning for a sixth Roland Garros title, the Spaniard had laboured on route to the last eight, joining reporters in acknowledging his performances have been well below par. But playing the man he beat in the final a year ago seemed to bring the best out of the world number one, and he brushed him aside in straight sets 6-4 6-1 7-6 (7/3) to book a last-four meeting with Andy Murray. Nadal, who lost to Soderling when injured at the same stage in 2009, took charge of this last-eight contest from the first point and rarely looked back.

Andy Murray defeated unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela 7-6 (7/2) 7-5 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the French Open for the first time. The world number four fought back from two breaks down to win the first set then squandered the same advantage in the second before eventually battling through. The prize for Murray, who looked mentally and physically drained after an eventful few days in Paris, is a last-four clash with five-time champion Rafael Nadal on Friday. Murray, again playing on Court Suzanne Lenglen, had lost the first five games of his previous match against Viktor Troicki as he struggled with the effects of a torn tendon in his right ankle and it was not much better.



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