Rafael Nadal eases into US Open semi-finals

Rafal Nadal in US Open Quarter Final

Rafael Nadal eased his way into the US Open semi-finals in New York beating fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo in three straight sets.

The 2010 champion, seeded second, won 6-0 6-2 6-2 against the man who had knocked out Roger Federer in the previous round.

Nadal, 27, goes on to face Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals.

Rafa returned from a serious knee injury in February and has looked particularly strong on hard courts.

He said: "I think I played great the first set - it's my first set so far this year at 100% [meaning he won all the games in the set].

"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."

Meanwhile Defending champion Andy Murray will face a player in the form of his life when he takes on Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals on Thursday.

The ninth seed from Switzerland knocked out fifth seed Tomas Berdych in the fourth round and afterwards said: "I think I'm playing my best tennis ever."

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