Nadal advances to Aus Open semis

Updated: 28 January 2008 14:43 IST

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal was impressive in a 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 win over Number 24 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Tuesday.

Melbourne:

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal was impressive in a 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 win over Number 24 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Tuesday, making the semifinals for the first time in four trips to the Australian Open.

Nadal set up match point with a stunning forehand down the line and closed with an overhead smash as Nieminen charged the net.

Three-time French Open champion Nadal, the only player to beat Roger Federer in the last 10 Grand Slam tournaments, next faces the winner of Tuesday's later quarterfinal between Number 14 Mikhail Youzhny and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France.

Topics : Tennis Rafael Nadal
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