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Nadal beats Berdych to set up semifinal clash against Federer

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10:29, January 25, 2012

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after scoring during the men's singles quarterfinals match against Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic at the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, Jan. 24, 2012. Nadal won 3-1. (Xinhua/Chen Xiaowei)

MELBOURNE, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- Rafael Nadal survived from a four hours 16 minutes marathon to beat Tomas Berdych here on Tuesday at the quarterfinals of the 2012 Australian Open.

The world No.2 Nadal faced a continues resistance from the other side of the net and and managed to go through with a 6-7(5-7), 7-6(8-6), 6-4, 6-3 victory over the world No.7 Berdych, who has lost his past 10 matches against the Spaniard.

With the win, Nadal set up a semifinal clash with his arch rival Roger Federer, who advanced in with an easy 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win victory over Juan Martin Del Potro.

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