Nadal brushes aside Rublev to advance to US Open semi-finals

Nadal brushes aside Rublev to advance to US Open semi-finals

A crowd gathered to watch world number one Rafael Nadal warm up in Arthur Ashe Stadium on a cool and windy Friday at the U.S. Open, ahead of his semi-final showdown with Argentine Juan Martin del Potro later in the day. "I had it throughout the tournament, and I just felt that way every single match I went into".

"This season is fabulous, of course, after a few dark years, with all these injuries, and the hard times, explained Nadal".

"In some ways I'm actually happy I made the quarters, so I'm not disappointed, because it's been a good run this year already".

"To be back here in front of this fantastic crowd, on this awesome court, and to have the chance to fight for another title is so important to me".

He was broken in the ninth game of the first set and trailed off the bat.

However, the 28-year-old has spent 13 hours and 20 minutes on court - one hour and 40 minutes more than Nadal - and admitted: "Physically I'm not in the ideal conditions, but when you play semi-finals on the Grand Slam, everything can happen". Then I chose to change completely to play much more forehands down the line, and then I was more unpredictable and he was more in trouble, because he didn't know where to go, no?

Federer's 60 winners were 12 more than del Potro, whose blistering serves and electric forehand winners took their toll.

Anderson's biggest strengths are powerful serves and forehands.

"He's had many injuries but the way he has come back is a great example to the kids", he said praising Anderson.

Del Potro now faces Nadal in the semi-finals and Federer believes the Argentine is more likely to beat the Spaniard. Carreno Busta battled gamely in the fourth set, holding serve in a hard-fought ninth game to trim Anderson's lead to 5-4 but Anderson served for the match and clinched the berth in the final when Carreno Busta hit a forehand into the net.

Pablo Carreno Busta is the more consistent of the two and looks for his opponents to beat themselves through his solid play from the back of the court.

Juan Martin del Potro arguably was the best tennis player in the world in 2009.

It was all over in the eighth game when Nadal buried unleashed a backhand victor.

"But when you have this draw, you have to do your best to take advantage, so I think that is a really good tournament for me". It will be the first all-American final at Flushing Meadows since the Williams sisters met for the 2002 US Open championship.

Nadal, who lost to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final but won his 10th French Open crown in June, has reached three Slam finals for the first season since 2011.

"It has been a long road".

"It means a lot", Nadal was reported as saying by BBC Sport.