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Nadal, Murray advance to semis

Updated: June 5, 2014, 3:03 PM ET
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PARIS -- Briefly, and only briefly, Rafael Nadal was in a difficult spot in the French Open quarterfinals.

For the first time in this year's tournament, the eight-time champion dropped a set.

And this had to be on Nadal's mind: His opponent, David Ferrer, could present real problems. Not only is Ferrer ranked No. 5, and not only was he the runner-up at Roland Garros a year ago -- to Nadal, of course -- but he also beat Nadal on red clay the last time they played each other.

So ...

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