Rafael Nadal: 'Richard Gasquet is a nice guy'

Nadal: 'Gasquet is a nice guy'
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Rafael Nadal reveals that he has a close friendship with his US Open semi-final opponent Richard Gasquet.

Rafael Nadal has spoken of his friendship with Richard Gasquet ahead of their US Open semi-final clash.

The Spaniard described his opponent as a "very nice person" and said that he is one of the professional tennis players he feels closest to.

"He's a nice guy, very nice person, one of the players on the tour that I feel closer to] because we are from the same age," BBC Sport quotes the 27-year-old as saying.

"We grew up in similar ways and we played when we were kids.

"Today we have the chance to be in the semi-finals of the US Open, so it's great. It's a great thing for both of us, so I'm very happy."

The winner of the match will take on either Novak Djokovic or Stanislas Wawrinka in the final.

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