2011 French Open: Nadal, Murray Set Up Final 4 Match

Rafael Nadal slew his French Open bogeyman on Wednesday, beating Robin Soderling—the only man to defeat the Spanish ace at Roland Garros—in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6, to set up a semifinal clash with Britain’s Andy Murray.

Nadal raced to a 3-0 lead in the first set of the match and never looked back as he defeated Soderling for the second straight year in the tournament following his victory over the Swede in last year’s Roland Garros final. Soderling holds the distinction of being the only player, so far, to beat Nadal at the French Open, when he ended the Spanish world No.1’s unbeaten streak in 2009.

Meanwhile, Murray earned the right to face Nadal in the semifinal after beating Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela, 7-6, 7-5, 6-2. Murray would be appearing in his first-ever Final Four match at Roland Garros when he faces off with Nadal in the semis. The other men’s semifinal will pit third seed Roger Federer against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who received a free pass to the Final Four when his quarterfinal opponent, Fabio Fognini of Italy, withdrew due to injury.