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Latest update : 2010-07-02

Spaniard Rafael Nadal advanced to his fourth Wimbledon final after defeating Britain's Andy Murray in three sets (6-4, 7-6, 6-4). He will now face Czech Tomas Berdych on Sunday.

AFP - Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal made it back to the Wimbledon final by beating British home favourite Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 in Friday's semi-final.

The match was punctuated by some thrilling rallies, impressive lobs and duels at the net, and while Murray gave Nadal a tough test, the Mallorcan was in imperious form and won all the crucial points.

Fourth seed Murray was roared on by a home crowd on Centre Court, but Nadal overcame them both in two hours and 22 minutes.

The French Open champion faces Czech 12th seed Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final.

Nadal, who is chasing his eighth Grand Slam final, remains on course for his second French Open-Wimbledon double.

The Spaniard is undefeated here since the 2007 final.

He beat Roger Federer in the 2008 final but could not defend his title last year due to a knee injury.

The problems - which still trouble him - flared up again when he was twice forced to come back from two sets to one down earlier in the tournament, but he seemed unhindered as he downed Murray.

Date created : 2010-07-02

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