Thrice has he come close to the title, but Nadal on hardcourts hasn't been a stat to show. Eeasing past all unseeded players so far in the tournament, Nadal now is up against the man who had defeated him at a similar stage eight years back. 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 stood the score as the then sixth-seeded Argentine crumbled down Nadal's then hope of maiden US Open glory.