Nadal beats Soderling in Wimbledon quarterfinals

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Rafael Nadal has reached the Wimbledon semifinals by eliminating Robin Soderling in four sets.

The second-seeded Nadal beat No. 6 Soderling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-1 Wednesday. Nadal won Wimbledon in 2008.

It was a rematch of the final at this year’s French Open, Nadal won that one, too. Before that, Soderling defeated Nadal twice in a row. One of the victories came in the fourth round at Roland Garros in 2009 that ended the Spaniard’s 31-match winning streak there.

Nadal is 3-0 in Wimbledon semifinals. He lost the 2006 and 2007 finals to Roger Federer, then beat Federer the next year. But Nadal did not defend his title a year ago. He withdrew from the tournament because of bad knees.