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Murray and Nadal through to Wimbledon semi-finals

Murray and Nadal through to Wimbledon semi-finals

Published at 11:03pm 29th June 2011. (Updated at 4:05pm 30th June 2011)

Andy Murray will face Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of Wimbledon after they both won their quarter-finals at SW19.

Murray beat Feliciano Lopez in straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-4 to reach his third successive Wimbledon semi-final.

The number fourth seed was never remotely threatened by the unseeded Spaniard, who seemed drained of energy following his gruelling fourth-round victory over Lukasz Kubot.

Murray is bidding to become the first British men's singles champion at Wimbledon for 75 years, and said: "I've played a little bit better every year here.

"I've been beaten in the semis for the past two years and this time I want to go further."

Murray, into his third grand slam semi of the year, said he was not overly concerned about an apparent groin injury he felt after slipping on the baseline.

He'll meet Rafa Nadal on Friday who continued the defence of his Wimbledon title with an emphatic 6-3 6-3 5-7 6-4 win over American Mardy Fish in the quarter-finals.

The top seed showed no ill-effects from the foot injury he suffered in his defeat of Juan Martin del Potro.

He said: "After the first two sets I probably played a little too defensive but I am happy to be in the semi-final, it is a dream for me." 

Nadal remains on course for his third Wimbledon title and 11th grand slam crown.

The World Number One and top seed insists his foot injury won't prevent him chasing the title.

Nadal said the foot was still causing him problems which were being treated with a local anaesthetic.

"My foot is not fine. But we are in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon. It's an emergency, so I had to play."

Nadal said his medical team would put the injured foot "to sleep" for the remainder of the tournament.

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