Friday, September 10, 2010

Nadal beats Verdasco to reach US Open semifinals

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating against Fernando Verdasco of Spain (7-5, 6-3, 6-4) during his men's single quarterfinal match on day eleven of the 2010 U.S. Open in New York City. (Photo by Nick Laham & Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

After one early miss, Rafael Nadal slapped himself in the right thigh. After another, he put his hands on his hips and stared at the spot where his shot went awry. It did not take long for Nadal to put a slightly slow start behind him and move one step closer to the only Grand Slam title he hasn’t won.

The top-seeded Nadal figured out how to handle the wind that’s plagued the tournament, got his serve in gear after being broken for the only time in five matches, and beat No. 8 Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Thursday night in the first all-Spanish quarterfinal in U.S. Open history.

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