US Open day 10: Rafael Nadal quarter-final as it happened

Text commentary of the US Open quarter-finals, as Rafael Nadal beats Tommy Robredo to reach the last four at Flushing Meadows.

5 September 2013 Last updated at 10:53 GMT

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    That's all from me for now - thanks for following. Join us for more text commentary on Thursday, with Andy Murray set to face Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarter-finals. Enjoy!

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    Rafael Nadal: "I think I played my best match of the US Open this year. It gives me a lot of positive energy.

    "I'll play a little bit tomorrow. I need it. I'm in the semi-finals and I want to enjoy every moment.

    "Richard [Gasquet] is playing a great tournament and it's great to see him in the semi-finals."

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    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Robredo 0-6 2-6 2-6 Nadal

    Utterly, utterly brilliant from Rafael Nadal. A match that was never really a contest ends with Tommy Robredo sending a forehand long as Nadal books his place against Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals.

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    Robredo 0-6 2-6 2-5 Nadal*

    Rafa is wasting no time here - he is simply crushing Robredo. He forces a break point, which he takes as Robredo picks a bad time to produce an unforced error. Nadal to serve for a place in the last four.

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    *Robredo 0-6 2-6 2-4 Nadal

    Fantastic point to start the Nadal service game, and it is Robredo who wins it, advancing to the net and volleying above his head for 0-15. But Nadal isn't going to let one of these slip any time soon, and he sends Robredo to all corners as he moves to within two games of a place in the semi-finals.

    Tommy Robredo

    CupcakeBee: Nadal's looking in top form, as did Djokovic yesterday! Here's hoping for another final between these two!

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    Robredo 0-6 2-6 2-3 Nadal*

    Nadal holds in straightforward fashion, then Robredo's trials continue. He is drawn to the net by the second seed, who sends a deliciously-placed lob over Robredo, prompting the retreating Spaniard to fling his racquet skywards in comedy fashion in a less-than-hopeful attempt at connecting with the ball. Nadal then forces a break point with a delicious sweeping forehand before taking the game by forcing Robredo to net.


    Hannah in Birmingham via text: Completely agree with a previous comment. Would LOVE a Nadal/Murray final as they've never played in a Slam final. Got a feeling it will be Djokovic who comes through that half though.

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    Robredo 0-6 2-6 2-1 Nadal*

    Danger for Robredo as Nadal looks to pounce at 30-all, but a miscued Nadal shot from deep loops out and Robredo lashes down a booming ace to hold serve and restore his lead in the third set, which is going with serve.

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    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    You don't get this at Wimbledon - the intrepid Pam Shriver heads into the stands with a microphone and interviews 'Uncle Toni', i.e. Toni Nadal, coach to Rafa. She asks if they changed his game for hard courts after his long injury lay-off. "It was necessary for us," says Toni, "because Rafa has problems in his knees and we talked about playing more aggressive and nearer the baseline. At the moment it's going good, but we never know. Today Rafa plays really, really good. The first set was unbelievable." He's not wrong.

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    *Robredo 0-6 2-6 1-1 Nadal

    Some relief for Robredo at the start of the third set as he holds serve to love. He even has a sniff on the Nadal serve at 0-15, but he sends a forehand long, horribly miscues a backhand, drives another backhand wide and then nets as normal service is resumed.

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    Tommy Robredo has managed only two winners in this match so far. That is an incredible statistic after two sets of a Grand Slam quarter-final.

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    GAME AND SECOND SET- Robredo 0-6 2-6 Nadal

    You can't help but feel for Robredo - even the game's greatest players would struggle to cope with this relentless Nadal barrage. An ace takes him to 40-0 and three set points, and another one secures the set. We've only been playing 61 minutes.

    Rafael Nadal

    Nathaniel Jansen: Is this Nadal replying to the message Djokovic sent down yesterday? If so how will Murray respond tomorrow?

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    Robredo 0-6 2-5 Nadal*

    Robredo is in serious trouble now. Nadal moves to 30-40 on his compatriot's serve and then Robredo sends a backhand long, leaving Nadal to serve for a two-set lead.

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    *Robredo 0-6 2-4 Nadal

    This is more like it from Robredo. He is made to work by Nadal, who takes the game to deuce, but Robredo stands firm to record his second service hold in succession. Yet, as everyone has done so far in this tournament, he is struggling to make inroads on the Nadal serve. Robredo does manage to take Nadal to deuce, but the second seed never looks in trouble and holds on at the end of a game which included one particularly brutal forehand winner.

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    Praying mantis

    A praying mantis lands on the court at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Do you think it's trying to tell Tommy Robredo something?

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    *Robredo 0-6 1-3 Nadal

    I don't think Nadal liked losing that game. He whistles to 40-0 on his own serve and smashes down an ace to stretch his lead.

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    Robredo 0-6 1-2 Nadal*

    Robredo finally wins a game, or does he? After Nadal holds, Robredo moves to game point on his own serve and looks to be on the scoreboard as Nadal goes long with a deep forehand. But he challenges and, don't you just know it, the edge of the ball touched the line. But not to be denied, Robredo finally registers as Nadal fires long on a second game point, a rare unforced error.


    Jan Onoszko: Nadal is hungry. Hungry for bagels!

    Richard Wilson: Be interesting to see how Murray with 2 Grand Slams under his belt gets on against Rafa now. Would love to see a Murray v Rafa final.

    Shohidur Rahman: Can't believe anyone thought Robredo would win. Let's see if he wins a game first.

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    Robredo 0-6 0-1 Nadal*

    Ironic cheers on Arthur Ashe Stadium as Robredo takes the first point of the second set, and those cheers increase as an unforced Nadal error gives him a 30-0 lead (that's 40% as many points won in this set as in the first!). But Nadal, as if annoyed by Robredo's cheek, ups his game and forces a break point. Inevitably, he takes it, Robredo sending a forehand into the net to give Nadal the early advantage in this set.

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    GAME AND FIRST SET- Robredo 0-6 Nadal

    First sets in Grand Slam quarter-finals don't come much more one-sided than that. Tommy Robredo, at 40-15 and three set points down, sends a forehand long and Nadal takes the set for the loss of just five (yes, five) points.

    Tommy Robredo
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    Robredo 0-5 Nadal*

    How do you stop Rafael Nadal when he's in this kind of form? He holds easily - remember he hasn't been broken in the tournament yet - then brings up three break points on the Robredo serve. Robredo picks a bad time to serve a double fault, and Nadal will serve for the first set.

    Rafael Nadal

    AB: Nadal in 3. Robredo did put out Fed, but don't see Nadal's level dropping that low, he's just a machine at the moment.

    Steve Goss: Federer took 2/16 break points against Robredo, Nadal isn't going to be that generous....!

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    Robredo 0-3 Nadal*

    Are the nerves getting to Robredo? The Spaniard has never been beyond the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam and he might struggle to do so here as, already a break down, he slips to 0-40 on his own serve to concede three break points and then sends a backhand into the net. Nadal in command.

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    *Robredo 0-2 Nadal

    Rafael Nadal wastes no time exerting his authority on proceedings. The second seed forces a break point in the first game of the match and capitalises, crashing a forehand which the stretching Robredo is powerless to return. Nadal then holds easily to consolidate that early break. Warning signs already for Robredo.

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    Nadal and Robredo

    Rafael Nadal has won all six of his meetings with Tommy Robredo, with the last being a 6-3 3-6 7-5 win at the Paris Masters in 2009. Robredo is currently number 22 in the world rankings, but he rose as high as fifth in 2006.

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    The players are out on court, so let's take a look at how they match up...


    Saffy: Don't understand how anyone can bet against Nadal tonight!! He's in the form of his life.. Straight-sets victory.

    Abid: Predicting a three-set win for Nadal! And well done Gasquet! Such a talented player, should have won a Grand Slam by now.

    Peter Riley: Robredo had a good run but he has no chance of disrupting Nadal's frightening run. 3-0 win for Rafa, He'll win the tournament.

    Send your predictions for the result in the all-Spain clash between Nadal and Robredo to #bbctennis.

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    Right, now that's done and dusted, it's the day's main event: Rafael Nadal against the Roger Federer-conquering Tommy Robredo. Predictions?

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    Victoria Azarenka

    Victoria Azarenka, 24, on what it means to be the only player under 30 years of age in the women's semi-finals.

    "I'm a baby, what can I say? Flavia [Pennetta] is a great player and it is incredible to see her playing so well. I can't wait to play her [in the semi-final]. I'm really excited to be in the semis. New York is an amazing place and it gives me so much energy. I always play like a kid here."

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    Next up for Victoria Azarenka is unseeded Flavia Pennetta, who beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-1 earlier on Wednesday. You've got to fancy Azarenka to repeat her final appearance of last year, surely?

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    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Hantuchova 2-6 3-6 Azarenka

    Well that flicker of light was quickly extinguished. Having seemingly done some of the hard work, Hantuchova concedes two match points and then nets to send Azarenka through. That was pretty comfortable for the number two seed.

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    *Hantuchova 2-6 3-5 Azarenka

    A twist! Hantuchova shows admirable fight to break Azarenka. She will now serve to stay in the match - she's still a break down, remember.

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    Hantuchova 2-6 2-5 Azarenka*

    There might not be long left in this contest. Azarenka races to 40-0, offers a glimmer of hope as that slips to 40-30, but Hantuchova finds the net to gift the Belarusian the game. A long, tense rally at 30-all on the Hantuchova serve ends with the Slovak sending a backhand out to bring up an Azarenka break point, which is repelled with a whipped cross-court forehand. But another one follows immediately and this time Hantuchova sends a backhand out. Azarenka will serve for the match.

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    Hantuchova 2-6 2-3 Azarenka*

    How crucial might this passage of play be? Azarenka holds serve after her break, then forces three break points on the Hantuchova serve. The Slovak responds with a fine backhand down the line and a measured drop shot before a wayward Azarenka forehand takes the game to deuce. The momentum appears to be with Hantuchova in this game, but, agonisingly, she produces TWO double faults in succession to hand Azarenka the advantage. That will take some fighting back from.


    Calum Jones: Has Bambi been on the drink?

    Volodymyr: Even if Nadal plays on one knee, Robredo doesn't stand a chance. Delighted for Gasquet tho!

    Do you think Tommy Robredo can upset the applecart against Rafael Nadal? #bbctennis

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    Hantuchova 2-6 2-1 Azarenka*

    There has barely been a game in this match which hasn't included at least one break point. Looking to consolidate her advantage in this set, Hantuchova makes a mess of her service game, slipping to 15-40 then sending a forehand into the tramlines to enable Azarenka to break straight back.

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    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "The opening stages were close, with both players hitting the ball hard, but the greater class is with Azarenka, even though she is behind in the second set."

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    *Hantuchova 2-6 2-0 Azarenka
    Daniela Huntuchova

    That's a much better start to the second set from Hantuchova, who recovers from the disappointment of losing the first set to record a regulation hold and settle the nerves. She then forces Azarenka to deuce on four occasions. Eventually, the pressure tells on the second seed on a Hantuchova break point and a double fault means the Slovak has the advantage in set two.


    Bambi senses an upset in tonight's final match: "Robredo will beat Nadal. You heard it here first."

    Do you agree? What are Robredo's chances and how can he beat Nadal? Get in touch using the hashtag #bbctennis.

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    GAME AND FIRST SET- Hantuchova 2-6 Azarenka
    Victoria Azarenka

    Well that didn't take long, did it? Azarenka brings up three set points as Hantuchova struggles to cope with her opponent's power, and the Belarusian seals the first set in style, reacting smartly to a slightly miscued drop shot from Hantuchova. She races to the net and flicks a forehand out of Hantuchova's reach.

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    Hantuchova 2-5 Azarenka*

    Azarenka holds serve in routine fashion and then spies an opportunity to make her move in this set. A lovely, crafty drop-shot brings up 0-30, then she forces Hantuchova to fire long to earn three break points. A long rally ensues, with Azarenka working her opponent to all corners, eventually wearing her down.

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    Hantuchova 2-3 Azarenka*

    This could be a long match if the serving continues like this. Azarenka races to 40-15 on her own serve before being pegged back to deuce, but this time the Belarusian holds firm to record the first service hold of the contest. Hantuchova then does likewise, coming in behind her serve at 40-30 and firing a powerful forehand from close to the net which Azarenka is powerless to return.


    Max from Oxford has been in touch, via mobile on 81111, to take a look at the men's semi-finals: "Gasquet is playing some beautiful tennis, fancy him to potentially give Nadal more of a test than Ferrer would have."

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    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    "A traditionally measly crowd has made it in for the start of play but there is dining to be done and a potentially long evening ahead, so no great surprise. I'm sure there will be more US celebrities on the big screen at some stage - last night we had Ross from Friends, accompanied by the theme tune from Friends. He looked delighted. A nervous start on court from both women and this could be closer than the rankings suggest."

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    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Huntuchova has been to a Grand Slam semi-final, but that was five years ago and she last made the quarter-finals here 11 years ago. Azarenka is very much the favourite to progress."

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    Hurrah! Hantuchova obliges and finally a point is won on serve, but she still finds herself in trouble. Azarenka forces deuce and, after earning a break point, pushes her opponent back with a powerful forehand. The Slovak has no response and it's three games, three breaks.

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    Oh dear oh dear. That is not the start you want when you're up against the world number two in the quarter-final of a Grand Slam. Daniela Hantuchova betrays some early nerves as she concedes three break points in the first game of the match, and Victoria Azarenka has no problem converting at the first attempt. But that doesn't affect Hantuchova, who herself forces three break points in Azarenka's opening service game, also converting the first of them to level at 1-1. Someone might win a point on their own serve soon...

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    Daniela Huntuchova last reached the quarter-finals of the US Open in 2002, where she lost 6-2 6-2 to Serena Williams, who is still in this year's tournament and will face Li Na in the semi-final.

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    Azarenka and Hantuchova

    Azarenka and Hantuchova have faced each other four times and their score stands at 2-2, with Azarenka winning their last two meetings, including one in the third round at Wimbledon in 2012.

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    Victoria Azarenka appeared relaxed and focused when speaking on television on her way out to the court in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, saying: "It's just important that I play my game from the beginning, Daniela is a great player and this should be a great match."

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    There has been drama in the men's quarter-finals, with Richard Gasquet taking a two-set lead, throwing away a two-set lead, then rallying brilliantly in the decider to beat fourth seed David Ferrer. The winner will face Nadal or Robredo.

    Richard Gasquet

    Can Azarenka make it three wins on the trot over Hantuchova to claim her place against Pennetta? Will it be a gentle stroll for Nadal, or does Robredo have another surprise up his sleeve? Let us know what you think of the remaining quarter-finals via text to 81111 (UK only) or tweet #bbctennis. But only after you've got some strong coffee to keep you going, obviously.

    You could also make your feelings known on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

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    The winner of the Azarenka-Hantuchova contest will meet unseeded Italian Flavia Pennetta after the world number 83 beat compatriot Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-1 earlier on Wednesday to reach the first semi-final of her career.

    Flavia Pennetta
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    We'll find out a little later, from around 0200 BST. But first we've got the small matter of the third women's quarter-final, as second seed Victoria Azarenka - a finalist at Flushing Meadows last year - takes on Daniela Hantuchova for a place in the last four.

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    He couldn't, could he? Tommy Robredo has already dumped Roger Federer out of this year's US Open in uncompromising fashion and now Rafael Nadal stands between him and a first Grand Slam semi-final. Might we have another shock on our hands?

    Tommy Robredo

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