FLUSHING MEADOWS, New York - World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Andy Murray moved on the US Open semifinal on Friday both with wins over Americans.
Murray into fourth consecutive major semifinal
Scotland's Andy Murray put away American John Isner 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2) in three hours and 24 minutes to move on to his fourth consecutive grand slam semifinal on Friday at the US Open.
"I thought it was a really high standard today," Murray said of the match. " I thought I played really well. I hit the ball very clean from the back of the court. You know, when he's serving you have no option other than to just try and get yourself in the rallies. You're under a lot of pressure on your own service games, so you don't want to just be rash and start trying to make huge winners or do anything stupid. You know, I didn't give him too many opportunities to break me and did a good job on my own serve.
"I mean, it's tough, because like in the third and fourth set he started to play better and he started to take like more risk, you know. A lot of times that can sort of be what you want them to do, because, you know, him or Karlovic -- John's a better player from the back of the court than Karlovic -- but when they're going for big cuts, especially early on in the match, normally they'll make quite a lot of mistakes. If you're solid from the back, then that's a good thing. But, you know, when you're having to serve all the time, and, you know, when he goes through patches like in the third and fourth sets where he's hitting like 120 miles an hour second serves, then you're just trying to hang on to your own serve. You're trying to just chase every ball down. It may look like you're playing defensively or whatever, but it's not the case. You know, it's just what happens. You can't take chances against someone that's serving 140 miles an hour and their second serve is bouncing, you know, like up here on the second serve, and then he's mixing it up with 120 miles an hour second serves into your body. You've just got to try and find a way to win, and I did that."
Nadal destroys Roddick
Spain's Rafael Nadal had no problems taking care of American Andy Roddick winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 reaching the US Open semifinal for a fourth straight year.
"It's a bad feeling. It's almost worse than competing....you feel helpless," said Roddick. It was quick. You know, obviously it was a combination of things that probably weren't gonna work out today. You know, it was evident pretty early that he was in full control of things."
Women's Doubles - Semifinals
(3) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. (5) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) 76(7) 26 63
(4) Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) d. Hantuchova/Radwanska (SVK/POL) 62 64
Men's Singles - Quarterfinals
 R Nadal (ESP) d  A Roddick (USA) 62 61 63
 A Murray (GBR) d  J Isner (USA) 75 64 36 76(2)
Men's Doubles - Quarterfinals
 R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) 75 26 75
Men's Doubles - Semi-finals
 J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) d S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) 64 67(3) 61
 M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d  R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 62 76(4)
Mixed Doubles - Final
M Oudin (USA) / J Sock (USA) d  G Dulko (ARG) / E Schwank (ARG) 76(4) 46 10-8
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