Nadal reaches first US Open final

Rafael Nadal stormed into the US Open final for the first time in his career on Saturday, easing past Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3, 6-4.

It was one-way traffic as the top seed had too much power and control for the tournament’s 12th seed, winning in two hours 13 minutes.

The Spaniard had the rest of the afternoon off to see if his great rival, Roger Federer, could keep their appointment for a blockbuster final on Sunday by defeating Novak Djokovic in the day’s other semi-final.

“For me it is a dream to play for the first time in a final in the biggest center court in the world,” said the 24-year-old Nadal, who lost in the semi-finals here for the last two years.