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Nadal beats Murray to reach Italian Open semis

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Rafael Nadal at Australian Open third round
Rafael Nadal at Australian Open third round

Top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain beat Andy Murray of Britain in a three-set thriller to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open.

Murray blew away a 4-2 lead in the decider as Nadal hit back to win 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and 40 minutes in Rome on Friday, reports Xinhua.

Nadal, 27, will play Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who progressed after German Tommy Haas’s retirement, in the semi-final.

“I’m getting close to getting back to where I want to be, and that’s pleasing with a couple of big months ahead,” said Murray.

Nadal said he produced his best performance both physically and mentally to beat Murray.

“The physical part is really good, the mental part too, and my tennis is going to be there sooner or later,” said Nadal.

“This was one of my best matches in a while,” he said.

Earlier, two-time champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia edged past Spain’s fifth seed David Ferrer 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 and will face Canadian eighth seed Milos Raonic, who beat Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 in the other semi-final.

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