Robin Soderling

With stakes raised, Nadal finds his game

PARIS — Rafael Nadal found his best clay game exactly on schedule Wednesday, and the top seed notched his third straight win against the only man ever to defeat him at the French Open.

Nadal, a five-time French champion and the world's No.1 player, whose ranking is under threat from Novak Djokovic, hammered fifth seed Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3) to reach a semifinal against Andy Murray.

The struggling Scot, who is playing with a patched-up ankle he rolled last week, scraped out a 7-6 (2), 7-5, 6-2 victory over Juan Chela to line up against Nadal for the second time in six weeks after their Monte Carlo semi.

"It was a fantastic result," said Nadal, who had...

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