Nadal is through to the semi-finals for the third year running
World number two Rafael Nadal crushed Andy Murray's Wimbledon hopes with a sensational display on Centre Court.
The second seed triumphed 6-3 6-2 6-4 in just one hour and 55 minutes to reach the semi-finals.
A stirring comeback against Richard Gasquet had raised British hopes that Murray might be able to cause an upset.
But the 21-year-old appeared weary, while Nadal was superb. The Spaniard did not face a single break point and lost just 10 points on serve.
And a packed Centre Court crowd, who had come in the hope of seeing Murray repeat the heroics of Monday's win over Gasquet, were left to applaud the brilliance of Nadal.
"I played my best match here for sure," said Nadal, who will have to wait to discover his next opponent as Arnaud Clement and Rainer Schuettler were forced to stop playing because of fading light when locked at one set all.
He's going to be in the top five very soon if he keeps playing like this
Nadal on Murray
"I tried to play aggressively all the time, and tried to attack his second serve, but a win like this is always surprising - against someone like Andy who came back so well against Gasquet.
"Probably he felt tired. It's always tough in Grand Slams, so that's normal. 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."
The warning signs were there for Murray in the opening game, with Nadal serving.
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Trailing 40-0, the Scot stepped up and belted a fabulous backhand return right at Nadal's feet - but the Spaniard merely rocked back and effortlessly half-volleyed a forehand onto the opposing baseline, putting his opponent on the back foot.
It set the tone for the match. Whatever Murray threw at Nadal, the world number two just came back with better.
Having squandered a break point at 3-2, Nadal earned two more when Murray shanked a forehand beyond the baseline and clinched it when the 21-year-old sent a routine smash long - to horrified gasps from the crowd.
Nadal did not let up in the second set, and perhaps even stepped up a gear.
At 1-1, Murray, bowing to relentless pressure from the other end, threw in two errors off the ground followed by a double fault to concede the break.
The crowd were, by now, almost silent, seeking a flash of inspiration from their man where none was forthcoming.
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