Nadal, Berdych in final


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London, July 2

Spain's Rafael Nadal reached his fourth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 win over Britain’s Andy Murray on Friday.

The second seed, who won the title in 2008 but missed the tournament last year through injury, will face Czech Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final after the 12th seed overcame Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6, 6-3.

Nadal took the first set with a single break when Murray sent a crosscourt forehand wide leaving the Scot banging his fist against his side in frustration.

In an enthralling second set, Murray had set point on his serve at 6-5 in the tiebreak but Nadal saved it with a fantastic drop volley before extending his match lead.

Murray started brightly in the third set breaking Nadal to love to the delight of the partisan Centre Court crowd but their joy did not last long as Nadal broke back in the eighth game and broke again to seal victory when Murray lashed a volley long.

Earlier, big-hitting Tomas Berdych saw off a frustrated Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-6 6-3 on Friday to become the first Czech to reach the men's final at Wimbledon since Ivan Lendl in 1987.

The 12th seed reached his first grand slam final with a murderous display of hitting from the back of the court against the third seed, who showed his frustrations with a codeviolation during a defeat marked by two costly double faults.

Paes-Black win semis

In the mixed doubles semifinal, Leander Paes of India and Cara Black of Zimbabwe beat Lukas Dlouhy and Iveta Benesova of Czechslovakia 6-3, 6-3 today.


King-Shvedova in title clash

In the women’s doubles semifinals, Vania King of the USA and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan beat Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA 6-4, 6-4 while Elena Vesnina and Vera Zvonareva of Russia beat Gisela Dulko of Argentina and Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-3, 6-1. — Reuters