On a day judged as much by elapsed time as games won, Rafael Nadal came out looking the freshest.
Nadal and Andy Murray each won Friday to set up a semifinal matchup at the US Open. Fourth-seeded Murray won a four-set grind against 28th-seeded John Isner, 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) that took 3 hours, 24 minutes.
No. 2 Nadal had a much easier time, handing slow-moving No. 21 Andy Roddick a 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 defeat in 1 hour, 53 minutes to emerge fresher heading into Saturday.
“I try my best,” Nadal said. “I don’t think about a short match for the quarterfinals. I think about trying to win the match. I think I am playing well since the second round,” Nadal added.
The other semifinal features No. 1 Novak Djokovic against No. 3 Roger Federer. This marks the first time the top four seeds have filled the final four slots at the US Open since 1992, but the second time it has happened at a Grand Slam this year.
Indo-Pak express out
India’s Rohan Bopanna and his Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi crashed out of the men’s doubles semifinal with a 2-6, 6-7(4) loss to the Polish pair of Marcin Matkowski and Maruisz Fyrstenberg. They went down in an 82-minute battle on Friday.
American duo Melanie Oudin and Jack Sock beat Argentines Gisela Dulko and Eduardo Schwank 7-6(4) 4-6 10-8 to win the mixed doubles title.