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Nadal joins a stellar semifinal group

Updated: September 13, 2009, 1:14 AM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- As a trainer hacked through the several dozen yards of tape wrapped around Fernando Gonzalez's ankle, Rafael Nadal tried to stay focused in his changeover chair.

He jiggled his legs deliberately (with typical Rafaian intensity) and his independent left eyebrow arched quizzically as he surveyed a largely empty Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was just another delay in a series of setbacks that turned his quarterfinal match into a watery three-day marathon.

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