Nadal and Gasquet to face off for US Open 2013 final place

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Nineteenth-seeded Tommy Robredo (Player Profile) came to his debut US Open quarter-final clash on the wings of a superb victory over Roger Federer, but the meeting with his countryman Rafael Nadal (Player Profile) was a completely different story with the second seed Spaniard dictating the terms from beginning to end and winning overwhelmingly 6-0, 6-2, 6-2. Outstanding Rafa extended his hard-court winning streak in 2013 to twenty matches and is still to drop a service game in New York this year.

Robredo was merely a spectator in the opener where he was broken to love a couple of times and was delivered a bagel twenty-two minutes into the match, collecting only five points over the course of the set. He first got on the board when reducing Nadal’s 2-0 lead in the second set, but that hardly disturbed the favorite who added another break and went two nil ahead after holding to love. In the third set Robredo remained competitive until 2-2 when the king of clay shifted into a higher gear once again and wrapped up the proceedings by converting the match point number two. Nadal thus maintained a perfect head-to-head record against his fellow Spaniard, beating him seven times in as many duels.

“I think I played my best match of the US Open this year,” Nadal said. “I am very happy with the way that I moved myself on court, very happy that the way I hit my forehand and my backhand especially.”

In the semi-finals the US Open 2010 title holder will square up against eight-seeded Richard Gasquet (Player Profile) who edged out the Spanish number two David Ferrer (Player Profile) in a five-set marathon. It was the eighth-seeded Frenchman who had the upper hand in the opening two sets in which he broke Ferrer four times to acquire a double set advantage. Facing an uphill-battle, the fourth seed Spaniard opened the third set by breaking his rival to love and eventually fought his way to a decider. A single converted break point opportunity was the difference between the players in the final set which Gasquet closed out with the first match point, reaching his second Grand Slam semi-final after Wimbledon 2007. End score: 6-3, 6-1, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3.

“I knew I was so close to win this match, and I fight a lot to finish. Especially at 5-3 I was a little bit nervous to go in the semis of US Open and I managed to do it. It’s a big victory for me,” Gasquet said in a post-match interview.

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