Nadal beats Soderling, reaches French Open semis

Updated: Jun 01, 2011, 23:04 PM IST

Paris: Rafael Nadal played as if he were still a bit upset about his only loss at Roland Garros, defeating Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (3) on Wednesday to reach the French Open semifinals for the sixth time.

The five-time champion lost to Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 but defeated him in last year`s final. The Spaniard is 43-1 at the clay-court Grand Slam and just two wins from equaling Bjorn Borg`s record of six French Open titles.

Maria Sharapova and Australian Open finalist Li Na reached the women`s semifinals and will face each other Thursday.

Bureau Report