NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Rafael Nadal (L) of Spain shakes hands with Andy Roddick (R) of the United States after their match during Day Twelve of the 2011 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Nadal defeated Roddick 6-2, 6-1, 6-3. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

U.S. Open 2011 Schedule: Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray Advance To Semifinals

Rafael Nadal took care of Andy Roddick in straight sets and Andy Murray downed John Isner to advance to the semifinals.

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Rafael Nadal Easily Downs Andy Roddick In Quarterfinals Of 2011 US Open

Rafael Nadal made quick work of his quarterfinal match at the 2011 US Open on Friday evening, battering Andy Roddick to advance to the semifinals. Roddick was never in the match, going down with a mere whimper as he watched his US Open journey come to a close as Nadal won in straight-sets, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3.

Roddick was unable to get anything going while stumbling his way through the match. He finished 0-for-4 on break points while recording 25 unforced errors to just 15 winners. On the other side of the court, Nadal was nearly perfect on break points, converting 6-of-7. Nadal also collected 35 winners to just 13 unforced errors, illustrating the gap between he and Roddick on the court on Friday.

Nadal advances to face Andy Murray, the No. 4 seed, in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face-off with a berth in the finals on the line.

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Andy Murray Outlasts John Isner In U.S. Open Quarterfinal

Andy Murray will advance to the semifinals of the 2011 U.S. Open after defeating John Isner in a tight four-set match, 7-5, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. Murray played the type of technical, defensive tennis that he has become known for, forcing Isner into 54 unforced errors in contrast to 20 for himself.

After taking the first two sets, Murray appeared headed to a straight-set victory. Isner looked sluggish early, struggling to keep up with Murray's baseline returns. He seemed to gain a second wind in the third set, however, breaking Murray in the second game to go up 2-0 in the set. Isner would go on to win the set 6-3 while Murray showed his frustration by cursing into his sweat towel. 

Both players traded serves in the fourth set to force a tiebreak. After nearly three and a half hours, Murray would win the tiebreak 7-2 to take the match. The winner between Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal later in the day will face Murray in Saturday's semifinal.

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U.S. Open 2011 Schedule: Rafael Nadal Vs. Andy Roddick Headlines Men's Quarterfinals

Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal meet in the quarterfinals of the 2011 US Open on Thursday.

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