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Tennis: Nadal and Murray win to set up Monte Carlo Masters semifinal

AP , Friday 15 Apr 2016
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Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a return to Canada's Milos Raonic during their quarter final match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Friday, April 15, 2016 (Photo: AP)
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Rafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 on Friday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals, where he will face Andy Murray again.

In a one-sided contest between former champions, the Spaniard broke Wawrinka four times, and made the semis for the 11th time.

Murray took out Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 for the second time this year.

''If I play like I did today, I'll have a chance,'' Murray said.

He lost to Nadal in the semifinals in 2009 and 2011 when Nadal was winning eight consecutive Monte Carlo titles.

Murray, who was inconsistent in his previous two matches, did not face a break point against the big-serving Canadian and also broke his serve five times.

''I served well today,'' Murray said. ''Milos can keep the pressure on if you don't serve well.''

Nadal improved to 15-3 in career matches against Wawrinka, the French Open champion who began as a winner in three of their last five contests.

Having saved 15 of 17 break points in the third round against Dominic Thiem, Nadal conceded only one chance this time.

Wawrinka drew jeers from the crowd in the fifth game of the first set when he broke his racket, angrily bending it around his thigh.

In the second set, the Swiss player continued to struggle and was taken either to deuce or broken in every service game.

Wawrinka saved two match points but netted a forehand on Nadal's next opportunity.

Later, four-time runner-up Roger Federer played Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, and Gael Monfils took on Marcel Granollers.

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