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Nadal downs Gonzalez to reach semis

Rafael Nadal advanced to the US Open semi-finals on Saturday by defeating Chilean 11th seed Fernando Gonzalez 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2), 6-0. The Spaniard will face Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro.


REUTERS - Rafael Nadal needed only 34 minutes on Saturday to complete a 7-6 7-6 6-0 win over Chile's Fernando Gonzalez in their rain-disrupted quarter-final at the U.S. Open.

Nadal was leading 7-6 6-6 and 3-2 up in the tiebreak when showers halted play on Thursday and with Friday's proceedings completely washed out, the Spanish third seed was in no mood to hang around.

He won four successive points to wrap up the tiebreak 7-2 and from then on Gonzalez's game simply fell apart, allowing Nadal to wrap up the win which took over 40 hours to complete thanks to the bad weather.

Nadal, whose victory allowed him to reclaim the world number two ranking from Andy Murray, will next face Argentine Juan Martin del Potro for a place in his first final at Flushing Meadows.

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