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Rafael Nadal has apparently been spending some of his free time learning magic tricks, because the only explanation for the wicked sidespin that the Spaniard put on this forehand winner during the second set of his 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Andy Murray in Friday’s French Open semifinals is: voodoo.

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Watch how this ball bends about 3 meters as it whizzes through the air and kisses the sideline while a numb-from-the-beatdown Andy Murray looks on in agony.

Pretty amazing stuff from Nadal, who hopes to have a few more tricks like this up his sleeve when he faces Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final.

On Friday, Nadal had the following to say about his forehand: “As for my forehand, everything is fine. It's very fast, very powerful, and I'm very happy.”

Hard to argue with that…