Talk like a man! Federer not 'boyfriend' material, says Nadal

Nadal thrashes teen to reach US Open semis

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Rafael Nadal is a set away from the U.S. Open quarterfinals.

Del Potro, the 2009 champion who will next face Roger Federer, saved two match points in the fourth set of what was arguably the best of the tournament so far.

Rafael Nadal cruised his way to a 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 win over Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinal Wednesday to advance to his first U.S. Open semifinal since 2013.

Federer and Del Potro have not played at Flushing Meadows since the final eight years ago, when the Argentinian recovered from two sets to one down to win his only grand slam title.

The night session begins with Madison Keys taking on the unseeded Kaia Kanepi - but before that our attention will be on the day's first match, which features the powerful Coco Vandeweghe, who has already reached an Australian Open semi-final and a Wimbledon quarter-final this year.

Nadal, the top seed for the men, will try to punch his ticket to the semifinals up against Andrey Rublev, an unseeded player who has looked very good. "That what's I am doing", Nadal said.

That fifth set was on serve until the final game, which ended with Thiem's kick second serve landing just wide on match point. "I would like to point out to his suddenness, speed and the ability to dictate the play".

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All of which would have been enough to grab the attention but behind him everyone, it seemed, wanted their time on centre stage. They were quick whenever they went out, which is what we expected. "The weather was obviously incredibly tricky for us all".

While Federer rallied from 15-40 down, he fired a routine smash into the net as Del Potro broke for a decisive 3-2 lead and it proved a mountain too high for the former, whose quest for a sixth US Open title came to an end. "Then I will see if I'm ready to play in good conditions against Roger".

"I didn't hit a lot of balls earlier than what I thought or later than what I thought, something that happened in the first couple of days".

Nadal, still stinging from a third-round upset by 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in Montreal in August and with a spot in the semi-finals on the line, was fully focused on the task at hand.

"Thanks so much for all the support you gave", del Potro told the boisterous Grandstand crowd that regaled the 24th-seeded Argentine with "Ole!" chants.

Federer is slated to take on Del Potro in the quarters and the victor of that match will take on Nadal in the semis if the Spaniard wins his last-eight clash.

"But I'm just doing my own way, and I have a very important match against Dominic".

Though he has lost all three of his matches to Federer in 2017, and now owns a 9-10 lifetime record against the Swiss on hardcourts, if he faces him he'll enter the match playing some of the best hardcourt tennis that we've seen from him in years.



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