Nadal secures semi-final position

Rafael Nadal has made it through to the Australian Open semi-finals after beating Gilles Simon in straight...

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Rafael Nadal has made it through to the Australian Open semi-finals after beating Gilles Simon in straight sets.

The top seed was the only player to drop a set in this year’s tournament.

The Spaniard was aiming to win his first title in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><city w:st="on">Melbourne but admitted that Simon gave him some difficulties.