US Open 2010 Semifinals: Rafael Nadal vs Mikhail Youzhny Live Video Stream
Top seed Rafael Nadal will play against 12th-seed Mikhail Youzhny for a spot in the US Open 2010 Men’s Singles Finals. The match will be played at 12:00 pm ET Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows, New York.
Rafael Nadal heads into Saturday’s U.S. Open semifinals with the look of a player ready to win the only Grand Slam title missing from his collection.
Top-seeded Nadal faces No. 12 Mikhail Youzhny, while No. 2 Federer plays Novak Djokovic.
If Nadal and Federer win, the two greatest players of their generation will resume their rivalry in Sunday’s final – and become the first pair of men to play each other at least once in the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments.
Nadal lost in the semifinals in 2008 and 2009. This year, Nadal says, is different.
Nadal has won 7 of 11 matches against Youzhny, who will be playing in only the second Grand Slam semifinal of his career. The other also was at the U.S. Open, in 2006, and Youzhny got there by knocking off Nadal in the quarterfinals.
The prevailing theory for Nadal’s failure to add a U.S. Open trophy to his collection—which includes five from the French Open, two from Wimbledon and one from the Australian Open—is that he arrives in New York with too much wear and tear. He plays a hard-charging brand of tennis, and hard courts only add to the pounding.
But he feels fresher this time. The Spaniard skipped Davis Cup matches after winning Wimbledon, taking three weeks off both so he could rest and get treatment for his knees, which were such a problem last season.
Nadal is in the U.S. Open semifinals for the third consecutive year; he lost to Andy Murray two years ago, and to eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro last year.
UPDATE: Top-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated No. 12 Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to reach his first U.S. Open final and set up the first half of his sport’s dream matchup—Nadal vs. Roger Federer for a Grand Slam title.
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