Nadal will try to move closer to a fourth title at Flushing Meadows and his 19th major when he meets No 24 seed Matteo Berrettini in the semi-finals Friday.
Federer holds the men’s record with 20 majors.
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Nadal on Berrettini…
“I don’t want to forget to say congrats to Matteo. He’s young, he has everything and he will become a great player. He’s already one of the best players in the world and has a great future in front so all the best to him and his team.”
Nadal goes on…
“In the tiebreak I was little bit lucky because at 4-0 it was almost 100 per cent [certain to win]. I survived in that moment and finally I had the break and after that, the match completely changed. I played with more calm and more aggressive. I’m super happy to be back in the final of the US Open!”
Nadal speaks out on court…
“First set was a little bit frustrating because I had a lot of break points before the tiebreak and you don’t want to be in a tiebreak against a player like Matteo.“
Berrettini 6-7 4-6 1-5 Nadal
Love hold from the world number two, who is edging ever closer to the final.
Berrettini 6-7 4-6 1-3 Nadal
Fantastic footwork from Nadal as he switches to his favourite move – the inside-out forehand – and powers one across court.
He’s keeping Berrettini at an arm’s length and you can probably guess that’s where he’ll remain until the end now.
Berrettini 6-7 4-6 0-2 Nadal
Nadal breaks early on to pile further misery on the Italian and consolidates the break with a love hold.
Right out of the Rafa textbook, that.
Berrettini 6-7 4-6 Nadal
The problems start to mount for Berrettini and he allows Nadal to go two sets ahead after an error-strewn conclusion to that second set.
After such a bright opening set, Berrettini has it all to do now.
Berrettini 6-7 2-2 Nadal
It’s been a while since Nadal was troubled on his serve and sure enough, he will get another chance on Berrettini’s serve.
Berrettini 6-7 2-1 Nadal
Stupendous inside-out forehand from Berrettini. It flashed across the court and Nadal never saw it! That’s seven break points saved without conceding.
Another strong delivery gets the better of Nadal and this resilient 24th seed from Rome is not about to turn in for the night just yet.
Berrettini 6-7 1-1 Nadal
A straightforward hold for Nadal as he strolls through without dropping a point.
Berrettini 6-7 1-0 Nadal
It’s very rare to see Nadal fail to convert the break points, but he’s now gone seven without taking advantage.
Berrettini clings on again and is on the board in this second set. Has he got what it takes to keep his performance up?
Matteo Berrettini was 4-0 up. He’s lost the tiebreak 8-6.
That’s what Nadal can do to you. He’ll be feeling the pain from that set.
Berrettini 6-7 (6-8) Nadal
JUST UNBELIEVABLE. WHAT A RALLY.
Hitting of the highest order from both players until Berrettini crashes a backhand into the net. Now it’s Nadal with another set point.
Feeling the tension, Berrettini slaps one beyond the baseline and Nadal erupts into a roar of celebration. What a player!
How good was that from Berrettini in that first set. He was one point away from taking that. But it’s the big moments that Nadal loves.
One hour and 15 minutes of breathtaking tennis. More please!
Tiebreak | Berrettini 6-6 Nadal
This guy really is a special talent. He’s so composed as he reacts to Nadal’s short backhand with a super volley.
Nadal drops a forehand just over the net and Berrettini misses the volley! He got away with one there.
Still, it’s a second set point and Nadal has to defend hard. He keeps Berrettini going but the Italian’s dropshot fails to go over the net. What a fightback from the Spaniard here, saving two set points.
Tiebreak | Berrettini 5-4 Nadal
Nadal tries to fizz one off the serve from Berrettini but the bounce was higher than expected.
Berrettini tries an audacious lob with a brilliant disguise and it’s not far out. But on his second serve, he loops a forehand into the corner.
He’s still in this, only down by a mini-break now.
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Order of Play Thursday 5th September
(All times BST)
Arthur Ashe Stadium
(1) Juan Sebastian Cabal (Col) & Robert Farah (Col) v (8) Marcel Granollers (Spa) & Horacio Zeballos (Arg)
(5) Daniil Medvedev (Rus) v Grigor Dimitrov (Bul)
(24) Matteo Berrettini (Ita) v (2) Rafael Nadal (Spa)
Louis Armstrong Stadium
Gustavo Fernandez (Arg) v Stefan Olsson (Swe)
(4) Elise Mertens (Bel) & Aryna Sabalenka (Blr) v Caroline Dolehide (USA) & Vania King (USA)
Dylan Alcott (Aus) v Andrew Lapthorne (Gbr)
David Wagner (USA) v Bryan Barten (USA)