Nadal sets up semi-final clash with Murray

Defending champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the semi-finals at Wimbledon by beating Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 on Wednesday.

updated: June 30, 2011 07:30 IST
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Wimbledon: With his injured left foot numbed by anesthetics, Rafael Nadal surged right back into the Wimbledon semifinals.

The defending champion never seemed hampered by the foot injury that almost made him retire from his fourth-round match two days earlier, beating Mardy Fish 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 Wednesday in the quarterfinals. It was another display of power tennis from the Spaniard, although he was quick to credit powerful pain killers for the victory. (Related:In Pics | Nadal sorry to see Federer Wimbledon exit)

"My foot is not fine," the top-ranked Nadal said. "But we are in quarterfinals of Wimbledon. It's an emergency, so I had to play. So we decided to (numb) a little bit the zone of the foot to play the rest of the tournament, and that's what I'm going to do. ... When you (numb) the foot before the match, the anesthetic is for five hours, so you don't feel nothing."

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