Sunday, 09 August, 2020


Nadal 'in good shape' after entering semi-finals in US Open

Nadal 'in good shape' after entering semi-finals in US Open Nadal 'in good shape' after entering semi-finals in US Open
Noah Ferguson | 05 September, 2019, 23:24

Schwartzman put up agency resistance towards Nadal and twice fought again from double-break deficits within the first two units, however the Spaniard discovered one other gear at essential moments to safe an eighth semi-final berth in NY.

And seemingly out of nowhere, Schwartzman got both breaks back to get to 4-4, earning two break points to give himself a chance to serve for the set. He's in the semi-finals, winning a lot of good matches. "I'm super happy, it means everything".

Nadal, who has dropped only one set in four matches and a walkover, warns his mind and body are as unsafe as his heart and spirit. "Actually I have a tough one here in match point with Roger", he added.

"The word "if" is very risky, because if I was his size, maybe I will adapt my game to that size". Big humidity. I am this kind of player where I sweat a bit.

Nadal will move within one of Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles in men's tennis and three clear of world No 1 Novak Djokovic if he wins his next two matches. In the semi-finals of a grand-slam match you can't expect an easy opponent.

"He's like a lion in the middle of the jungle. He's a fighter", Schwartzman mentioned of Nadal. "He knows how to play the important moments, every single time", Schwartzman said. "[This is] a moment to increase the level a little bit more and I really believe that I can do it.".

Rafael Nadal, Matteo Berrettini, and Bianca Andreescu have qualified for the semifinals in the U.S. Open 2019.

In the semifinals, the Spaniard faces Berrettini, who beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) over three hours and 56 minutes in another quarterfinal.

The Frenchman missed out on his second semi-final in NY, losing a gruelling five-set battle with Matteo Berrettini that went almost four hours.

Tiger Woods was in the crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York to watch Rafael Nadal take on Marin Cilic and was very enthusiastic about the match.

Schwartzman agreed that this fifth game was an important turning point in the match.

Berrettini was just nine when he first became aware of Nadal, watching his epic five-set final win over Guillermo Coria at the 2005 Italian Open. It was an extremely close match but Berrettini showed his class in the final set which he won via a tiebreaker.

"It's a sign for me, you know, for the first point of the breaker, when I say I want to be aggressive, I return a decent return with my forehand".

"I really don't know what are his limits, because he's still going up, up, up", said Berrettini's coach Vincenzo Santopadre, "and so it's hard to say where he can arrive, what he can reach, because I think nobody knows because he's so young and he's continuing this growing".

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