05 Sep 2013

Gasquet to play Nadal in US Open semis

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Photo: Paul ZimmerRichard Gasquet (FRA) - 2013 US Open

Richard Gasquet equalled his best result at the majors by reaching the semifinals at the US Open on Wednesday afternoon.

The Frenchman looked to have it all under control against David Ferrer before the Spaniard produced a typically gutsy performance to fight back and take it to a fifth set.

Gasquet, who has reached the last four just once before at 2007 Wimbledon, dug deep and fought off the comeback to win 63 61 46 26 63.

He said: "It's a big victory for me. I knew I had to be aggressive. My backhand was working very good today. I think it was the key of the match."

The Frenchman is now presented with the unenviable task of inflicting the first hard court defeat of the year upon Rafael Nadal.

Not only has Gasquet never defeated Nadal on the men's tour but he is also vying to reach his first major final in his 37th attempt.

Nadal for his part was totally untroubled by Roger Federer's conqueror, Tommy Robredo. The world No. 2 cruised past his Davis Cup teammate 60 62 62 to maintain his amazing form on hard courts in 2013.

"I'm very happy the way I played the first set," said Nadal. "I did all the things that you expect to do good in the first set. In general it was my best match of the tournament."

In the women's draw, Flavia Pennetta won the battle of the Italians 63 61 against Roberta Vinci to progress to the last four at a major for the first time in her career.

The 31-year-old is now bidding to become the first player from her country to reach the final at Flushing Meadows.

In order to do that she will have to fight her way past the in-form No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka.

The Belarussian defeated Daniela Hantuchova 62 63 to remain on course to reach a fourth consecutive major hard court final.