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Updated: June 3, 2011 21:53 IST

Nadal beats Murray, reaches French Open final

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Rafael Nadal of Spain during his match against Andy Murray of Britain in the semifinals of the French Open in Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Friday.
AP Rafael Nadal of Spain during his match against Andy Murray of Britain in the semifinals of the French Open in Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Friday.

Rafael Nadal is still the “King of Clay” at the French Open, and he will be for at least another couple of days after beating Andy Murray 6—4, 7—5, 6—4 Friday to reach his sixth final in seven years at Roland Garros.

The top—ranked Spaniard wasn’t perfect against Murray, struggling at times with his serve and getting broken three times, but his play was consistent enough to take care of his opponent’s defensive tactics.

Nadal will face either 16—time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic in the final. Federer and Djokovic, who is unbeaten in 2011, were to play in the other semifinal later Friday.

On Saturday, defending champion Francesca Schiavone will face Li Na in the women’s final.

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