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French Open, Day 11: Nadal and Murray move on to meet each other

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Rafael Nadal moved past David Ferrer on Wednesday at the French Open — Getty Images

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On a rain-shortened day in Paris, the four quarterfinal matches all finished, which was surprising considering how both the favorites on the men's side began.

Rafael Nadal, a man that owns clay like Michael Jordan used to own the United Center, doesn't drop many sets, but he let the first one slip away to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer. But, that was about all Ferrer was going to get, with Nadal winning the next three sets 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 in absolutely dominating fashion.

With both Andrea Petkovic and Simona Halep winning their quarterfinal matches in straight sets, the best match on Wednesday came when Gael Monfils made a massive comeback on Andy Murray, only to fall on his face in the final set.

Murray broke Monfils in the opening set to take it 6-4, then rolled the Frenchman to the dismay of the crowd in the second set 6-1. It looked like this was all but over much like the Nadal match until Monfils got a little momentum, winning the third set 6-4 and destroying Murray in the fourth 6-1.

That was when the question arose if play would continue. There was only about 30 minutes left of light thanks to the rain delay from earlier in the day, and most thought this match would be completed on Thursday, but Murray and Monfils took the court, and it was all Murray in the fifth.

The final set took just 24 minutes, with Murray winning 6-0 as Monfils hit just one winner to his 10 unforced errors.

The win now sets Murray up to play Nadal on Friday in a very anticipated semifinal match at the French Open.

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A year ago at the French Open, Andrea Petkovic was playing as a qualifier, but it's crazy what a year can do for someone's game. Petkovic, ranked 28th in the field at Roland Garros, rolled Sara Errani in their quarterfinal match, 6-2, 6-2 in a match that took just one hour and three minutes.

Petkovic, who is in her first ever Grand Slam semifinal, will face Simona Halep on Thursday in Paris.

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This Andy Murray face is too good not to show as a video.

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Everything about this Nike outfit for Rafael Nadal was ideal — Getty Images

Everything about this Nike outfit for Rafael Nadal was ideal — Getty Images

 

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This David Ferrer shirt should have also thrown in the towel — Getty Images

This David Ferrer shirt should have also thrown in the towel — Getty Images

 

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"(In the second set) Rafael started playing a lot better, making fewer mistakes, and then it's like I threw in the towel." — David Ferrer, on what happened after winning the first set against Rafael Nadal on Wednesday in their quarterfinal match

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Thursday is semifinal day for the women at the French Open, with Maria Sharapova taking Eugenie Bouchard (if you haven't seen this post yet about their history, do it now) first, and then Simona Halep going up against Andrea Petkovic for a spot in the finals.

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