3/15/13 12:38 PM | Cheryl Murray
Rafael Nadal was ruthlessly efficient in his quarterfinal match against Roger Federer, adding another win to his impressive head-to-head against the Swiss Maestro.
With Rafael Nadal seeded 5th after his seven-month layoff from tennis, the possibility loomed that he would land in Roger Federer's quarter of the draw. It was a tantalizing prospect, as the two men had not played a single match since Indian Wells in 2012.
But once again, the clash failed to live up to the hype surrounding it, with Nadal thrashing Federer 6-4, 6-2. The scoreline paid testimony to two things. First, Federer is nursing a tweaked back. In the presser, the Swiss indicated that his service motion wasn't hampered, but his movement clearly was. Second, Nadal was simply playing well. The Spaniard shook off the last remnants of match rust against Ernests Gulbis and came out with confidence on Thursday night.
Truly, the only competitive part of the match was beginning of the first set, But by the eighth game, Nadal secured his first break, sunk his teeth into the match and never let go.
The second set felt as though it were going to be over almost before it began. Nadal raced out to a 3-0 lead and he had points to make it 4-0, but didn't convert. In a rare lapse of concentration, the Spaniard dropped his guard very briefly and allowed Federer his only break of the match. But in the end, it really made no difference. The Spaniard broke again for 5-2 and had no trouble serving it out.
Nadal will play the big-hitting, in-form Tomas Berdych in the semifinals.
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