Nadal beats Murray to reach Wimbledon final

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Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his men's semifinal match against Britain's Andy Murray at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships at Wimbledon, Friday, July 1, 2011. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon final for the fifth time with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 win over Andy Murray on Friday.

After Murray won a close first set, the match turned dramatically in Nadal's favor early in the second set. The fourth-seeded Briton was leading 2-1 and over-hit an easy forehand that would have given him two break points.

Instead, Nadal won the next seven games before easing to victory and a place in Sunday's final against second-seeded Novak Djokovic.

Murray appeared to be slowed by a hip problem as he tried to become the first British man since 1938 to reach the final.

Nadal, who himself has a left foot injury, is unbeaten in 20 matches at Wimbledon since losing to Roger Federer in the 2007 final.