There was pin drop silence at the Arthur Ashe Stadium after defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated American international, Andy Roddick at the US Open. Well it wasn’t the defeat that left Roddick’s American fans in awe, it was the way the Spaniard thrashed his opponent.
Rafael Nadal was superbly covering the court, whipping backhands and forehands at ease, blocking serves while producing aces of his own, in short the prodigal player was simply at his best. With his latest victory, Nadal has now eliminated the last American in the U.S. Open.
At the quarterfinal, Roddick was overwhelmed by Nadal’s power right from the start. Nadal powered his way to a flabbergasting 22-0 edge in forehand winners. He also broke six times and dominated the proceedings with an iron hand.
At the end of the Friday match Nadal claimed victory with 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. With this win Nadal has reached the semifinals of the US Open which will take place at Flushing Meadows. This is the fourth consecutive year that Nadal has reached the semifinals of the tournament.
The former U.S. Open champion, Roddick captured the same title in 2003 therefore he knows what it takes to reach the top, although he also knows what it feels like to be left out. In his post match press conference Roddick stated, “It’s a bad feeling. It’s almost worse than competing. You feel helpless.”
Nadal clinched the first four games in just 18 minutes. Later Nadal was off 16 of the last 17 points which included 12 in a row to close the second set. Roddick extolled the amount of effort Nadal put in to win the match.
Roddick, who took a medical break in the third set was experiencing muscular troubles in pushing off on serves and forehands. His trainer arrived at the scene to massage and ease his pain. On his and Nadal’s performance Roddick said, “It was quick. Obviously, it was a combination of things that probably weren’t going to work out today. It was evident pretty early that he was in full control.”
Nadal is seeking his 11th Grand Slam title. He will be facing 4th seeded Andy Murray in the semifinal on Saturday. Nadal who still has to drop a set is up against a determined Brit. Murray defeated No. 28 John Isner with 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) earlier on Friday.
Nadal told media in his press release that he will not underestimate Murray who is aching with hunger more than ever for his Grand Slam title. Nadal concluded, “It will be a very tough match for me hopefully for him, too.”