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Tennis: Nadal rallies to beat Murray and reach Monte Carlo final

AP , Saturday 16 Apr 2016
Rafael Nadal
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning a match against Britain's Andy Murray during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament semi final match, on April 16, 2016 in Monaco (Photo: AFP)
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Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal beat second-seeded Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final for the first time since 2013.

Murray dominated on his serve - and pressured Nadal's - throughout the first set, also using his drop shot to good effect.

But fifth-seeded Nadal broke Murray at the start of the second set to regain momentum and beat Murray for the third time in a semifinal here.

The Spaniard found his serving range in the decider, twice holding to love and eventually clinching victory on his fifth match point.

Nadal won the last of his eight straight titles in 2012 and lost the final to Novak Djokovic the following year.

He faces No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or No. 13 Gael Monfils in the final.

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