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Nadal, Murray in French Open semifinal

French Open

PARIS — Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals.
For the first time in this year’s tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set.
And this had to be on Nadal’s mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present real problems. Not only is Ferrer ranked No. 5, and not only was he the runner-up at Roland Garros a year ago — to Nadal, of course — but he also beat Nadal on red clay the last time they played each other.
So how did Nadal handle this test? Perfectly. From late in the ...


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