Published: Tue, September 10, 2019
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Nadal fights past Berrettini into US Open final

Nadal fights past Berrettini into US Open final

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning the first set against Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in NY.

Medvedev will play in Sunday's championship match against the victor of a later semi-final between Italian 24th seed Matteo Berrettini and 18-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after match point against Matteo Berrettini of Italy (not pictured) in a semifinal match on day twelve of the 2019 US Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

Rafael Nadal exhibited the gulf in class between himself and his gutsy, but also slightly tired, quarter-final opponent Diego Schwartzman to win in straight sets. Very fast backhand. His backhands gave me a lot of trouble.

As much as the "Big Three" are fighting for the lead, Federer at age 38 and Djokovic the youngest at 32, Nadal says the chance to be in the fight means more than the final trophy total.

"Good match overall. I think it was just a few points here and there", Dimitrov said. Medvedev has won 20 of his last 22 matches and leads the tour with 50 victories in 2019. This is the first time that Berrettini has made the semifinals of a Grand Slam and it may be tough considering he is playing an elite player in Rafael Nadal.

On the women's side, the finalists for the Rogers Cup and U.S. Open were Serena Williams of Saginaw, MI and Biancca Andreescu of Canada.

Still, Nadal managed to play his best when it mattered the most against the 20th-seeded Schwartzman, an Argentine serenaded by loud choruses of "Ole! Ole! Ole!" Although the scoreboard reflected a, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2, straight-set victory it wasn't easy for the world No. 2.

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The 33-year-old Spanish left-hander chases his 19th career Grand Slam singles title, one shy of Roger Federer's all-time men's record, in his 27th Slam final and his fifth championship match on the NY hardcourts.

Second seed Nadal - a victor at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017 - beat a spirited Schwartzman for the eighth time in as many meetings in a almost three-hour match that finished early on Thursday morning at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. "He is one of many best champions within the historical past of our sport. I'm working to be better", Medvedev said. Nadal will play the final for the 5th time.

Federer could have someone even closer to him by the time the US Open ends.

"I was lucky to win that first set", Nadal said.

"Of course, now I'm a little bit exhausted, it's been a long day". Nobody says, 'Nadal has a great serve.' But it bothers you.

Medvedev, however, hasn't put a foot wrong in recent rounds and received a nice ovation after defeating Dimitrov. I'm very happy about what I'm doing.

With Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both out of the tournament, the door is open for Nadal to win his second major of the year after winning the French Open in June. "I think it was a good level", Dimitrov said.

"I do believe I've given everything of myself out there in the match today".


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