Rafael Nadal beats Andy Murray to advance to French Open final
Rafael Nadal is heading to the French Open final for the sixth time in the last seven years after his 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Andy Murray on Friday at Roland Garros.
The top-ranked Spaniard struggled at times with his serve but will move on to face the winner of Friday's other semifinal match -- between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic -- with a shot at tying Bjorn Borg's record of six French Open titles.
“For me it's a dream to be back in the final,” said Nadal, who celebrated his 25th birthday by improving to 44-1 on the clay in Paris. “Both opponents will be very, very, very difficult for me and for everybody.”
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-- Chuck Schilken
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Andy Murray of Britain on Friday. Credit: Michel Spingler / Associated Press