Rafa Nadal powers to US semi-finals

I'm no great tennis expert, but I'm told that Rafa Nadal's service is not necessarily the strongest part of his game. So when I write that the Spaniard stormed through his quarter-final at the US Open last night without losing a service game, you'll have some idea of just how dominant his performance was.

Up against countryman Tommy Robredo, PokerStars SportStar Nadal romped into the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows, New York.

And that 6-0 6-2 6-2 victory simply confirmed his tag as red-hot favourite to pick up his 13th Grand Slam title on Monday. First, though, he'll need to get past Richard Gasquet in the last four, who had earlier beaten an out-of-sorts David Ferrer in his quarter-final.

Nadal, 27, said after last night's win: "I think I played great the first set - it's my first set so far this year at 100%.

"I did all the things that you expect to do good in the first set, in my opinion. I am very happy with the way that I moved myself on court, very happy with the way I hit my forehand and my backhand especially.

"So in general it was my best match of the tournament, so that's great news."

All this from a man who only returned from injury in February and subsequently added the French Open trophy to his mantlepiece.

Robredo, meanwhile, knew he was outclassed from the off. "I started a little bit tight and he was up very quick," he said. "Then there was nothing else to do. He was too good."

Indeed he was. Congratulations, Rafa, on another stunning performance.

Thumbnail image for nadal_cincinnati.jpg

Unstoppable: Rafa Nadal

Simon Young
@MrSimonYoung in PokerStars news