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Different pains felt by Nadal and Murray

WIMBLEDON, England — Rafael Nadal's left foot is bothering him, and that alone is giving just about every tennis fan in Britain hope that Andy Murray can finally end the nation's Wimble­don drought.

They play each other in the semifinals today.

"I'm not worried about my foot," said Nadal, who beat Murray in the semifinals at the All England Club last year and again at the same stage at the French Open a few weeks ago. "(With) the anesthetic there, I don't feel nothing. I don't feel the pain."

The Spaniard has won the Wimbledon title the past two times he has played, in 2008 and last year, bringing his record to 31-2 since the 2006 tournament.

"Right now everything is to win. I have to enjoy the moment, play aggressive," said Nadal, who has won 19 straight matches at the grasscourt Grand Slam. "Only like this I'm going to have any chance to be in the final."

In the other semifinal, second-seeded Novak Djokovic faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga, seeded 12th, eliminated six-time champion Roger Federer on Wednesday, coming from two sets down to win in five.

Murray is trying to become the first British man to win the Wimbledon title since Fred Perry in 1936 and only the second to win at the All England Club in more than 100 years. No British man has even reached the final since Bunny Austin in 1938.

Murray is 4-11 against Nadal, including 0-2 at Wimbledon.

"I just have to have a better game plan," said Murray, who has reached three major finals and lost them all. "Sometimes it comes down to strategy. Sometimes it comes down to having more experience. Just have to go out there and play well and serve well and believe, and I'll have a chance."

Djokovic and Tsonga also are looking for their first Wimbledon title.

Djokovic started the season with 41 straight wins, including an Australian Open final victory over Murray. His perfect season came to end in the French Open semis when he lost to Federer, but he has not dropped a match since.

"Grasscourt is not my favorite surface, but I still know I can play well on it," Djokovic said. "So it's really hard to kind of compare my form, the present form, and the one two, three months ago. It's different circumstances. It's a Grand Slam."

Tsonga is 1-1 in major semi­finals, both coming on hardcourts at the Australian Open, but his game is suited for grass.

.fast facts

Men's semifinals

Who: No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 4 Andy Murray, No. 2 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

TV: 7 this morning, ESPN2; noon, Ch. 8

Women's final: 9 a.m. Saturday, Ch. 8

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