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Last Updated: Thursday July 03 2008 05:32 GMT

Nadal shatters Murray's Wimbledon

Andy Murray at Wimbledon

Andy Murray's hopes of winning Wimbledon have been crushed by Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard beat him in straight sets, 6-3 6-2 6-4.

The world number two took just one hour and 55 minutes to beat the British number one in front of a packed centre court on Wednesday night.

Nadal was on fabulous form, losing just 10 points on serve in the whole match.

Murray fans had hoped he could repeat his heroic performance from the quarter-finals, but it wasn't to be.

It was his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final and hundreds of fans queued for hours to watch him play the biggest match of his career.

Rafael Nadal playing Andy Murray
Rafael Nadal roared into the semi-finals
Afterwards, Nadal said he thought Murray had probably been tired after his quarter-final epic against Richard Gasquet.

"It's always tough in Grand Slams, so that's normal," he said.

"I'm sorry for him, but he's going to be in the top five very soon if he keeps playing like this and he has a good chance of winning Wimbledon."

Semi-finals

But Murray refused to blame tiredness for his defeat.

"He played so much better than me," he said. "I don't feel I played my best, but regardless he was playing too well for me."

Nadal will now face Arnaud Clement or Rainer Schuettler in the semi-finals.