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Rafa Kicks it Around a Little

i_06SEP13_14236_Nadal_Practice_Mike i_06SEP13_14225_Nadal_Practice_MikeRafael Nadal kicks the ball around a little Friday afternoon while practicing.  Nadal takes on Frenchman Richard Gasquet today, the second match in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the day.  Credits: Mike Lawrence/

Nadal on to Semi-Finals

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Both racquet and ball compress as Rafael Nadal smashes a backhand back to fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo.  Robredo had a great win over Roger Federer in the fourth round of the men's draw, but couldn't pull it together to overcome Nadal, losing in straight sets.  Nadal has a day off before hitting the big stage again for his semi-final match.  Credit: Mike Lawrence/