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Tennis: Nadal Beats Puerta to Reach Semifinals in Rogers Cup

French Open tennis champion Rafael Nadal of Spain has beaten Argentina's Mariano Puerta in straight sets to reach the semifinals of the Rogers Cup hard-court tournament in Montreal, Canada.

Nadal, the top seed, eliminated the eighth-seeded Argentine in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. The 19-year-old Spaniard next faces Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, who ousted Slovakia's Karol Beck (6-1, 6-2.).

Later, American veteran Andre Agassi of the United States plays Gaston Gaudio of Argentina while Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia takes on Britain's Greg Rusedski.

The hard-court tournament is a key warm-up for the last major tournament of the year, the U.S. Open, which starts August 29 in New York.