Ruthless Nadal storms into US Open semis

Ruthless Nadal storms into US Open semis

Ruthless Nadal storms into US Open semis

They met in the 2009 U.S. Open final, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer's run of five championships in a row in NY.

After two marathon five-setters to open his U.S. Open account, Federer sprinted past veteran Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in just 77 minutes in the third round and dismissed Kohlschreiber in one hour, 49 minutes without facing a break point.

The closer Rafael Nadal gets to a potential long-awaited U.S. Open matchup with Roger Federer, the better he is playing. He will be Nadal's fifth straight unseeded opponent.

Nadal has won a total of 15 Grand Slam titles, the second-most of all time. Federer said he was anxious about his movement in his first-round match against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe, then had timing issues in his second-rounder against 35-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny - and both of those contests went five sets.

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The first match of the day will see women's world No 1 Karolina Pliskova, who demolished Jennifer Brady 6-1 6-0 in the previous round, face off against another American when she plays 20th seed Coco Vandeweghe.

The U.S. Open runner-up a year ago, Pliskova advanced to face either No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe or unseeded Lucie Safarova.

While fans were still filing into Arthur Ashe Stadium, Nadal was wrapping up a clinical first set in 23 minutes. They met in the 2009 U.S. Open final, when del Potro won his only Grand Slam title and ended Federer's run of five championships in a row in NY.

Federer, a ideal 11-0 against the German, started quietly and content to feel out his opponent but it was not long until he turned up the pressure breaking with a thundering forehand to secure the early break 4-3 and cruising to 1-0 lead. She dropped the first set and had to fight off a match point in the second before rallying to beat No. 27 Zhang Shuai 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. The top-seeded Nadal faces Alexandr Dolgopolov on Monday afternoon.

While Federer eased into the fourth round, 24th seed Del Potro battled through five sets against Austrian Dominic Thiem and his flat forehand could prove lethal against the former world No 1.

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