Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Russia's Andrey Rublev during their 2017 US Open Men's Singles Quarterfinal match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 6, 2017. AFP / Jewel SAMAD
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World No. 1 Rafa Nadal provided Russian teenager Andrey Rublev with a tennis lesson Wednesday, racing into the semifinals of the U.S. Open with a ruthless 6-1 6-2 6-2 win.Up next for Nadal will be the winner of the quarterfinal clash between five-times U.S. Open champion Federer and Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 winner.If Federer can get past the towering Argentine it would set up a landmark meeting between the Swiss and Nadal. One of the great rivalries in all of sport, Federer and Nadal, a twice U.S. Open champion, have clashed 37 times over the years but they have never stood across from each other on Flushing Meadows' famed hardcourts.
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