With extremely windy conditions on Arthur Ashe Stadium Court Thursday, players on both the men's and women's side of the 2010 U.S. Open fully realized the importance of adjusting their game to the elements. Rafael Nadal moved on to the semifinals with a straight-set victory over Fernando Verdasco in the Night Session, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Nadal started slow but broke Verdasco at 2-4 in the first set to get back on serve and never looked back. Verdsaco, coming off his epic four-hour-plus comeback win over David Ferrer in the Quarterfinals just didn't have enough in the tank to make another comeback bid this time.
Nadal will now face Mikhail Youzhny in the semifinals on Saturday. Youzhny advanced with a much tougher victory than Nadal's. Youzhny battled Stanislav Wawrinka through five sets before winning 3-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Wawrinka, who had just played a five-setter with Sam Querrey two days earlier, appeared worn down late in the match and Youzhny took advantage to come back from two sets to one down and win.
The first U.S. Open title of the year was won on Thursday and it went to Americans. The team of Bob Bryan & Liezel Huber won the 2010 Mixed-Doubles Championship, defeating Kveta Peschke & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
In women's doubles action, American Vania KIng along with her partner Yarolslav Shredova defeated Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova 6-3, 4-6. 6-4 to advance to the 2010 U.S. Open Women's Finals.
Today, the Men's Doubles Final will get the day started at noon, as the top-seeded Bryan Brothers look to add another title to their already record-setting number when they take on the 16th-seeded team of Roham Bopatti & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi.
Women's semifinal action then takes center stage on Arthur Ashe Stadium Court. In the first semifinal match, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark, who still has not dropped a set in the tournament, will take on seventh-seeded Vera Zvonareva. In the second semifinal match, second-seeded KIm Clijsters will face the number three seed, Venus Williams. Last year, Clijsters defeated Williams in the Round of 16 on her way to the 2009 U.S. Open Championship.
All photos credited to Kenneth B. Goldberg
Bob Bryan & Liezel Huber (left) won the 2010 Mixed-Doubles Championship, defeating Kveta Peschke & Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 to capture the crown
Spain's Fernando Verdasco was defeated by Rafael Nadal, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4
Mikhail Youzhny (right), the number 12 seed, with Stanislas Wawrinka (left) after Youzhny punched his ticket to the 2010 U.S. Open semifinals, 3-6, 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Rafael Nadal (right) embraces his fellow countryman Fernando Verdasco (left) after Nadal's 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 victory
Stanislas Wawrinka after his tough 3-6, 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 loss to the number 12 seed Mikhail Youzhny
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal is headed to the 2010 U.S. Open semifinals after a 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 win over Fernando Verdasco