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Nadal's half-century and Murray's man-boobs

ESPN staff
June 6, 2012

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Murray punished by Ferrer
Nadal marches on
Sharapova storms into semis

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Half ton Rafa
Rafael Nadal celebrated his 50th victory at Roland Garros with a straight sets win over Nicolas Almagro - taking his record at the French Open to an astonishing 50 wins from 51 matches - that 2009 defeat to Robin Soderling the only blemish on an otherwise perfect record. Another half-century also beckons - if Nadal wins the opening two sets in his semi-final against David Ferrer, he will have won 50 consecutive sets on the red clay.

What goes around comes around
We're big fans of karma at ESPN.co.uk, and having seen Almagro have a lucky break against Nadal, we knew it wouldn't be long before it came back to bite him. Playing the whole rally on the back foot, Almagro's scrambled return bobbled off the top of the net and snuck over, but the very next point, he inexplicably netted a smash at the net.

Murray's moobs
Andy Murray may have bowed out with defeat to Ferrer, but he did not go down without a fight. As an increasingly frustrated Murray saw the match slip from his grasp, he was heckled by a spectator. Rather than ignore the man in the crowd, Murray defended his corner: "I'm trying my tits off man." Ten for originality, Andy.

Rain stop play
Murray looked to be back on track after winning the second set on a tiebreak and grabbing an early break in the third set against Ferrer, only for his progress to be halted by a brief rain shower. Play was only suspended for a few minutes, but when the players reemerged, Ferrer broke back before steaming through the third set, and then the fourth.

History evades Shvedova
No qualifier has ever reached the semi-finals of the French Open, but Yaroslava Shvedova came agonisingly close to making history on Wednesday. Leading 4-2 in the final set, the world No. 142 was eventually beaten 3-6 6-2 6-4 by fourth seed Petra Kvitova. Having come through three qualifiers, the Kazakh had already won seven matches - the number most players have to win to get their hands on the trophy.

You've been framed
Having saved one match point, Kaia Kanepi was desperately trying to stave off defeat in her match against Maria Sharapova. But defeat beckoned, and she mis-hit her return, the ball cannoning off the frame of the racket and rocketing up in the air. Not a nice way for anyone to lose a match.

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