US Open 2013 Semi-final Preview: Rafael Nadal vs Richard Gasquet

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Arthur Ashe Stadium Not before 2.50pm

Before the tournament it looked highly likely that David Ferrer would be making this an all-Spanish semi final joining his countryman Rafael Nadal (Player Info), who is yet to lose on hard courts this year. However, Richard Gasquet (Player Info) got the upset to make his second grand slam semi final and his first at the US Open. Nadal leads the H2H with 10-1.

Nadal carried on his outstanding form with a destruction of fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo in the quarter finals. The 6-0 6-2 6-2 win was his 20th of the season so far. The new found aggression from Nadal looks to be serving him well as he looks close to unstoppable this summer. Robredo had 0 break point chances as Nadal made it five matches in a row that his serve was not broken. However – as outstanding as Nadal’s performance was – the matchup is a highly favourable one which he was never going to be threatened by. Philipp Kohlschreiber took a set but ran out of ideas towards the end and faded.

After making the second slam quarter final of his career, Gasquet surprisingly outlasted David Ferrer in five sets 6-3 6-1 4-6 2-6 6-3 narrowly avoiding a second slam defeat on the year from two sets up. He held his nerve in the decider and was rewarded with an inopportune double fault from Ferrer on break point to take the decisive fifth set lead.

If Richard Gasquet is to defeat Nadal, a superhuman effort will be required. Having gone five in his last two, a third straight marathon match seems unlikely to be in the Frenchman’s favour. The head to head stands at a daunting 10-0 in Nadal’s favour and of even more concern is that many of the meetings aren’t even close. Gasquet has took just four sets in those matches and none since their 2008 meeting in Toronto. It could well be over very quickly and Nadal will have a huge advantage going into a final relatively fresh.

Prediction: Nadal in 3

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