Rafael Nadal had about as easy a time as possible in the US Open quarterfinals, beating 19-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-2, 6-2 in a little more than 1½ hours.
There was no suspense to the No. 1-seeded Nadal's matchup with the 53rd-ranked Rublev.
The victory now means the Spaniard will close in on a historic showdown with Roger Federer.
Nadal, a two-time US Open winner, and Federer, a five-time champion, have never met at Flushing Meadows.
Federer can change that by winning his quarterfinal against Juan Martin del Potro later today.
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