June 22, 2017

Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka Dominate Opponents to gain US Open Semifinals


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(September 4, 2013) Rafael Nadal and Victoria Azarenka had easy victories on Wednesday night to move into the semifinals of the US Open.

Rafael Nadal routed fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 while Azarenka subdued Daniela Hantuchova 6-2, 6-3.

At 24 Azarenka is the only woman who is not 30 in the semifinals. Serena Williams, Flavia Pennetta and Li Na are all 30 and over.

“I’m a baby, what can I say?” Azarenka said after the match.

Asked about all of  the 30+ women still playing pro tennis Azarenka said: “I think it’s just showing that our sport is taking physical ability to another level. You see everybody taking care of their bodies much more, really paying attention to nutrition, fitness, everything. Everybody is working out.”

Azarenka will play Flavia Pennetta for a spot in the US Open final.

Just a year ago, Rafael Nadal had to miss the US Open due to a knee injury, this year he’s unbeaten on hard courts. His streak is now up to 20 in a row.

“I think I played great the first set,” Nadal said of his 1 hour and 40 minute match. “It’s my first set so far this year 100%.  I’m very happy the way I played the first set, I think.

“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 that 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 to be in quarterfinals and played my best match of the tournament.  But every day, no, just happy.

“To be in the semifinals is very important result for me.  Is fantastic win, so just enjoy it today.”

Nadal is 58-3 this year with nine titles, which includes his 8th French Open. He’ll play Richard Gasquet in the semifinals.