Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
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Nadal 'in good shape' after scrappy US Open win

Nadal 'in good shape' after scrappy US Open win

Thoughts of a semi-final with Nadal must have been the furthest thing from Berrettini's mind when he dropped the first set in just over half an hour.

"I'm feeling good. [It] was a very humid day, very heavy day". The Italian has shown grit throughout this US Open campaign and has been part of four matches that have gone to at least four sets, including his epic fightback against Gael Monfils on Wednesday night.

'The body is in good shape, I think. I kept on believing again in the work, the rehab I had to put behind my shoulder, the exercise, the practice, fixing up the racket a little bit. "I'm happy to get a bit of a break now, go back to practice, reassess and attack from there. I'm really proud of myself, I was always focusing on the next point".

The 33-year-old Nadal was able to maintain his composure and he took the second set 7-5. Step up the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who will now host one of the biggest and most iconic boxing events of our generation.

"I saw some matches of him here". So she was really happy for me.

Berrettini, the 24th seed, broke twice for a 5-2 lead and served out the third set, which was interrupted for about five minutes when rain forced the closure of the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof.

Nadal's forehand seemed to desert him at times and he required treatment on his left forearm, a worry given that injuries have already accounted for, or contributed to, the demise of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. "I've played him eight times and every important moment, he played better than me". Tomorrow afternoon I'm going to start to think about what's the plan for after tomorrow, ' he said. In the semi-finals of a grand-slam match you can't expect an easy opponent.

Three of the men's semi-finalists - Berrettini, Grigor Dimitrov and Daniil Medvedev - have never played in a Grand Slam final.

Nadal had 38 winners in Monday's win.

Rafael Nadal takes on Diego Schwartzman in the evening session's final match and won't be on court until the end of the match between No. 15 seed Bianca Andreescu and No. 25 seed Elise Mertens.

Cilic would double fault later in the game to give Nadal a 3-1 lead and he would never threaten again on a hot and humid night in NY, with Tiger Woods among the star-studded crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium cheering on the Spaniard.

"Nadal had come out firing on all cylinders showing the 5'7" (1.70m) tall Argentine no mercy as he raced to a 4-0 lead. Nadal responded by winning the final five games of the third set.

Quickly, the 18-time Slam titlist earned another break to move to 5-1. He is 7-0 against Schwartzman. But it showed that he was giving Nadal all he can handle, again recovering both breaks to return to 5-5 as chants of "Olé" rang out through the NY night. He eventually won two of the final three game points in order to win the second set.

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