Nadal ousted 2-time runner-up and World No. 5 Robin Soderling in straight sets (6-4, 6-1, 7-6) to improve his record at Roland Garros to an astonishing 43-1. His only loss was to Soderling in the 4th round in 2009 when he was not playing 100% healthy. Since that loss he has defeated Soderling twice in straight sets, in last year's final and now at the quarterfinals. Legend has it that Rafa never forgets, just ask Soderling.
As for Murray, he defeated the unseeded Juan Ignacio Chela (7-6, 7-5, 6-2) in another tough match for Murray. No doubt Murray's trip to the semis has been brutal as he also had very tough matches in the second round (7-6, 6-4, 7-5 over unseeded Simone Bolelli) and in the 4th round (4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 over No. 15 Viktor Troicki). So the question is-- how much does Murray, who hurt his right ankle in the third round, have left in the tank?
And he's going to need a FULL tank against Rafa, that's for sure. Make that a FULL, FULL, FULL TANK.
On the women's side it was a totally different story. No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 are all OUT!
So it'll be defending champion and World No. 5 Francesca Schiavone vs. No. 11 Marion Bartoli in one semifinal match and No. 7 Na Li vs. No. 8 Maria Sharapova in the other semifinal match.
To be continued....