Rafael Nadal imposed his will beginning to end against his outmatched Spanish compatriot Tommy Robredo, winning 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the 2013 U.S. Open semifinals on Wednesday evening at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The second-seeded Nadal entered the tournament having won back-to-back Masters titles in Montreal and Cincinnati, and his form at Flushing Meadows has only continued to peak. He didn't face a break point and has yet to lose serve in the tournament.
Robredo, who defeated five-time U.S. Open winner Roger Federer to advance to this stage, only managed to win four points in the first four games of the match. Nadal cruised to take the opening set at love, only taking 22 minutes to do so:
Unlike Serena Williams, who didn't surrender a game in her quarterfinals match, Nadal did leak a bit of oil in that regard.
When Robredo finally won a game, the crowd erupted:
But that trademark thunderous, topspin-heavy forehand Nadal routinely devastates opponents with was on display yet again in New York, keeping Robredo on his heels all match.
The tournament's official Twitter account had a rather apt descriptor for the proceedings after Nadal capped off the second set, 6-2:
Who will win the 2013 U.S. Open?
There was at least some reason to believe Robredo could rally. After all, he had come back from two sets down three consecutive times at the French Open earlier this year.
Nadal, however, never allowed his opponent to gain any traction, using his phenomenal combination of power and fitness to constantly be in position to succeed.
The No. 19-seeded Robredo managed only one winner in each of the first two sets, and even several spectacular winners in the final set couldn't save him from being Nadal's latest victim from Spain.
Entering the match, Nadal was 96-14 against fellow Spaniards, including 16-2 in majors, and had won 26 of his past 27 of those matches, per the ESPN telecast.
In hitting just 15 unforced errors against 28 winners, the 27-year-old Nadal also won a whopping 13 of 14 net points, showing his complete arsenal of skills.
Defending champion Andy Murray and top seed Novak Djokovic are favored to advance to the other men's semifinal, while Nadal will square off with No. 8 seed Richard Gasquet of France on Saturday. Gasquet beat No. 4 David Ferrer in a five-set upset earlier in the afternoon to reach his first Grand Slam semifinals in six years.
Note: Match statistics courtesy of USOpen.org.