Nadal to face Ferrer in all Spanish affair

Updated: June 7, 2012

David Ferrer ensured it will be an all-Spanish semi-final at Roland Garros after the sixth-seed defeated Andy Murray 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3, 6-2, while six-time champion Rafa Nadal dispatched another compatriot in Nicolas Almagro 7-6,6-2,6-3.

It was the 50th win for Nadal at the spiritual home of claycourt tennis since he first competed at Roland Garros as an 18-year-old in 2005.

His only defeat came in the fourth round in 2009 when he lost to Robin Soderling of Sweden in a fourth round match.

This year Nadal is bidding to become the first player to win seven French Open titles, moving him out of a tie with Swedish legend Bjorn Borg. A win on Sunday would also be his 11th Grand Slam title, level with Borg and Rod Laver.

Maria Sharapova on Wednesday reached her third French Open semifinal where she will take on Petra Kvitova, the powerful Czech who crushed her in last year’s Wimbledon final.

Russian second seed Sharapova, who was also a semifinalist in 2007 and 2011, eased past Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-3 while fourth-seeded Kvitova ended Kazakh qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova’s dream run with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 win.