Top seed Rafael Nadal fired 21 winners to claim straight sets win over 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev at the US Open quarterfinals.
Top seed Rafael Nadal fired 21 winners to claim a 6-1 6-2 6-2 victory over 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals of the US Open on Wednesday.
World number 53 Rublev struggled to find his touch as he committed 43 unforced errors during the contest.
Nadal reached the final four at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2013 and will face Juan Martin del Potro or Roger Federer on Friday.
Rafael Nadal had to calm growing enthusiasm over a possible US Open semi-final clash with old rival Roger Federer by warning reporters against making the two appear "boyfriends."
Nadal and Federer, two of the greatest players of all time, have met 37 times, including 12 at the Grand Slams, but never in New York.
When asked to describe what he admires most about Federer, also a long-time off-court friend, Nadal was keen to cool the "bromance."
"I don't want to look like I gonna be his boyfriend, no?" said Nadal, causing a packed media conference room to burst into laughter.
"We don't want to talk these kind of things before important match. We have a lot of respect for each other, no? We played a lot of times. I think we did important things for tennis. We appreciate that.
"We always had a good relationship. I think he always has been a great ambassador for tennis and for our sport, with good image, of course, and representing good values," the champion player said.
"One important thing that is a great example for kids, doing unbelievable well and doing it with the right attitude," Nadal said about Federer.
If Nadal and Federer, the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, do meet on Friday, it will also be a duel for the world number one spot.