Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the 2019 US Open.

Rafael Nadal has been gaining on Roger Federer in the Grand Slam title standings and has a chance to add to his total at the US Open.

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.

The other semifinal will be No 5 Daniil Medvedev against 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, who eliminated Federer in the quarter-finals.

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That just about concludes out live coverage of the US Open tonight.

 

Be sure to tune back in tomorrow for the ladies’ singles final between Serena Williams and Bianca Andreescu in what should be a fascinating encounter. 

 

Until then, goodnight!

ORDER OF PLAY


To confirm for you then…

 

Ladies’ singles final

(8) Serena Williams vs Bianca Andreescu (13)

 

Men’s singles final

(2) Rafael Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev (5)


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.

GAME, SET, MATCH


NADAL IS INTO THE FINAL!

 

He beats Berrettini 7-6, 6-4, 6-1!

 

A dominant performance from the world number two after that marathon first set which could have gone differently on another day,

 

He faces Medvedev in Sunday’s final.

 

Berrettini will have some regrets, but about his effort or performance. He is going to be a fine player.


Berrettini 6-7 4-6 1-5 Nadal

 

Love hold from the world number two, who is edging ever closer to the final.

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK! Berrettini 6-7 4-6 1-4 Nadal

 

A double break down and that may well be the final nail in Berrettini’s coffin now.


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.


SET!

 

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.

 

BREAK OF SERVE


BREAK! Berrettini 6-7 3-4 Nadal

 

The Italian crashes one into the net and at the 10th time of asking, Nadal converts the break point!

 

Another outpouring of emotion from the 33-year-old.


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.

 


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

From 1700:

(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

From 1700:

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)

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