Rome Masters: Rafael Nadal Squeezes Past Andy Murray in Epic Quarterfinal

Rafael Nadal will now meet Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the Rome Masters semifinals on Saturday, when number two seed Novak Djokovic faces Canada's Milos Raonic.

updated: May 17, 2014 08:12 IST
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Rome: World number one Rafael Nadal dug deep to maintain his chances of defending his Rome Masters title after a gutsy come-from-behind 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Andy Murray in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Murray had won only five of his last 18 matches against Nadal but held the bragging rights from their last two -- a walkover win in the semis of the Miami Masters and victory in the final of the Tokyo Open in 2011, both hardcourt events.

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