Nadal steams into semifinals

PARIS - Three-time champion Rafael Nadal celebrated his 22nd birthday with a 6-1 6-1 6-1 demolition of fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro to book a place in the semifinals of the French Open yesterday.

PARIS - Three-time champion Rafael Nadal celebrated his 22nd birthday with a 6-1 6-1 6-1 demolition of fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro to book a place in the semifinals of the French Open yesterday.

The second seed, who extended his unbeaten run at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005 to 26 matches, will face world No. 3 Novak Djokovic for a place in the final.

Nadal bagged the first set in 27 minutes, allowing his 19th-seeded opponent 10 points. Almagro then threw the towel, bowing out after one hour and 44 minutes.

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