02 Jun '11, 4am

Five-time champ Nadal to face Murray in semis: PARIS - At last, Rafael Nadal (picture) sounded satisfied. T...

PARIS - At last, Rafael Nadal (picture) sounded satisfied. Then again, what could he possibly have complained about yesterday? The five-time French Open champion reached the semi-finals and improved his career record at Roland Garros to 43-1 with a clean-as-can-be 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3) victory over the only man he's ever lost to here, two-time runner-up Robin Soderling. "Today, I played better. Much better, in my opinion," Nadal said. "It was nothing secret, nothing magic ... I found a lot of solutions." After Nadal's previous match, he chided himself for not hitting the ball with conviction and fretted that his level of tennis was not good enough to win the tournament a sixth time, which would equal Bjorn Borg's record for the most by a man in history. Against Soderling, Nadal was at his "King of Clay" best. He scrambled along the baseline to dig out and get back shots that w...

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