Nadal Hammers Absent Gonzalez, Advances to US Open Sunday Semifinals
Apparently Fernando Gonzalez didn’t get the message that the rain had stopped and his quarterfinal match against Rafael Nadal was to resume this afternoon at the US Open. When we left them, Nadal was leading 7-6(4) and 3-2 in the second set tiebreak before the rains halted play Thursday night.
After a rainy Friday, play finally resumed today, but Gonzalez was no where to be found. Gonzo promptly dropped all four points in the tiebreak and then all six games in a dispiriting third set. Gonzo won a total of 12 points to go along with 21 errors. And we waited 36 hours for that?
Nadal has now won six straight over Gonzalez and 15 sets in a row as he rolls into his 11th Grand Slam semifinal and second at the US Open.
The good news for Nadal fans is that he only needed about a half hour of court time to exterminate Gonzalez, the bad news is his bad ab was hardly tested today and he’s back on court tomorrow – perhaps as early as noon – to battle the well-rested and red-hot Juan Martin Del Potro.
Del Potro, who is playing his first US Open semifinal, has won two straight over Nadal, beating the Spaniard in Miami and at Montreal. Also tomorrow Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for a 13th time and a third straight at the US Open.
Later today – when and if the weather clear – the women’s final will be determined. I still like Caroline Wozniacki to beat Yanina Wickmayer and then tonight at 8pm Serena Williams should put an end to Kim Clijsters.
As for the rest of the weekend, looks like the men’s semifinals will be played at noon with the second on CBS at 4pm. The ladies final will be played on ESPN2 at 9pm.
On Monday, ESPN2 will have the women’s doubles final at 1pm. CBS will air the men’s final at 4pm.
Then again Mother Nature may have a final word on that schedule.
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