Three-time US Open champion Rafael Nadal has been in devastating form since arriving in New York. But the No. 2 seed had to be hard fought so far in the Friday night semifinals.
Nadal saved two set points in a tie-break opening set before taking the lead 7-6 (6) against first-time semifinalist Mateo Berretini of Italy. The Spaniard is trying to reach his fifth final at Flushing Meadows.
After a double mistake from World Number 2 to start a tiebreaker, Bertini threw everything he had at the Spaniard, using his armament from the main line to take command of 4/0. But as always, Nadal fought hard and would not leave the set without a fight.
Berrettini won two set points on 6/4. At the first opportunity, the Italian cut the ribbon on a forehand and hit a subsequent backhand on the net. At the next point, Berretti made a falling shot into the net. From there, Nadal lifted his defensive walls high, dropping the ball after the ball back into the court, while the three-time ATP Tour holder made two more unforced errors to give the second seed the opening device.
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Nadal, an 18-time winner, lost only one set so far this week and this came in the fourth round against Marin Cilic , who won the crown here five years ago, this is FedEx's first ATP Head2Head match between Nadal and Berrettini. Grigor Dimitrov earlier in the day Medvedev holds a record of 20- 2 during the North Swing of Hard Courts in North America, including its first ATP Masters 1000 triumph at the Western & Southern Open.