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Nadal roars into US Open final

Rafael Nadal reached his first US Open final, thrashing Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

Rafael Nadal reached his first US Open final, thrashing Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.  

Rafael Nadal dismissed Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to reach his first career final at the US Open.

Nadal could become the sixth man in the post-1968 Open era to reach the final of all four Grand Slams. The New York event is the only one of the majors that eight-time Grand Slam champion Nadal has not won.

“This is a dream, I’m gonna play the final for the first time on the biggest centre court of world,” said Nadal. “I’ve tried my best here for a lot of years and after the work I’m in the final.

“It feels like home here, it’s unbelievable. This win was important for my confidence. Maybe Mikhail was a bit more tired after playing longer matches than I had.”

Nadal dominated 12th seed Youzhny as he earned revenge for a 2006 loss in New York to the Russian, who played his only other Grand Slam semi that year. Nadal now stands 11-3 in final-four matches at the majors.

Nadal becomes the first Spanish finalist at the event since Juan Carlos Ferrero, who lost to Andy Roddick in 2003.

Nadal won his 20th match in a row at a Grand Slam after taking titles at Roland Garros (his fifth) and Wimbledon (his second) this season.

The Spaniard stormed through over Youzhny to take an 8-4 lead in their series, winning five of their last six matches dating to 2007.

Nadal required a re-taping early in the second set after going about his lethal business with two breaks of the Russian in the opening set to take the lead.

The top-seed entered the match without having dropped a set and had lost just one service game from 77 prior to Saturday.

Youzhny was unable to rally, with Nadal earning a break for 5-3 in the second set and claiming the runaway lead a game later as he set up three set points with only his second ace. Nadal lost serve for only his second time when Youzhny broke for 4-all in the third set before losing his lead a game later.

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