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Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer defeat opponents in straight sets

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer defeat opponents in straight sets

Rafael Nadal powered into the US Open semifinals and kept alive the possibility of a matchup with Roger Federer, overwhelming Russian teenager Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 on Wednesday.

It also represented a newfound dominance in this year's event after his straight-sets win over Feliciano Lopez in the third round.

Up next for Nadal will be the victor of the quarter-final clash between five-times US Open champion Federer and Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 victor.

The 36-year-old missed six months of tennis last year due to injury and caused some concern when he had to get a quick massage from a trainer after the second set.

The No. 1 seed is back into the quarters in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2013, when he won his second of two U.S. Open titles.

The No. 24 seed del Potro faces sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem, with the victor getting Federer if the five-time champion can improve his 31-1 record in night matches at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I played a solid match with not many mistakes", said Nadal, the reigning French Open champion.

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"I have a good shots".

Monday is the Labor Day holiday in the U.S. and to celebrate the U.S. Open is hosting its first Military Appreciation Day at Flushing Meadows, which will include discounted tickets for the military and appearances by high-ranking officers, who will conduct the ceremonial coin tosses before matches.

"To play him here after our epic final in 2009 is great and I think we're both looking forward to it, or at least I am". "That what's I am doing", Nadal said.

"I just ran straight to the physio. The only time when he was really better, in my opinion, was the fifth set", he added. "Started in the day, finished in the night". He's had a rough side for a lot of years with his wrist. "I don't know what you call it", he told a news conference.

Andrey Rublev beat No. 9 seed David Goffin 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-3 to become, at 19, the youngest male U.S. Open quarterfinalist since Andy Roddick reached the round in 2001.

When a reporter relayed to del Potro that Federer had spoken glowingly about him, del Potro responded: "Well, of course, I admire him, too".


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