NEW YORK — Andy Roddick’s legs felt fatigued.
The crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium was hushed.
And defending champion Rafael Nadal was at his court-covering, groundstroke-whipping, serve-stopping best.
Hardly a good combination for the last American man in the U.S. Open.
Overwhelming Roddick right from the start, Nadal compiled a stunning 22-0 edge in forehand winners, broke six times and never left the outcome of their match even remotely in doubt, winning 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 on Friday to reach the semifinals at Flushing Meadows for the fourth consecutive year.