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Rafael Nadal reaches Madrid Open semifinals

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MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal gave his clay-court doldrums a boost Friday by reaching the Madrid Open semifinals.

The top-ranked Spaniard had lost his previous two quarterfinal matches on clay for his worst run on the surface in a decade. But buoyed on by a partisan crowd, Nadal beat Thomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2 to advance at the Magic Box.

Nadal says he played his “most complete game.”

Earlier, Maria Sharapova rallied to beat Li Na 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 and reach the semifinals a few hours after defending champion Serena Williams withdrew from her match because of injury.