New York (AP) - Rafael Nadal is still at the US Open no nakedness and headed for the knockout for fellow favorites Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer his fourth title in New York.
The 32-year-old Spaniard won 6: 4, 7: 5, 6: 2 against Argentina's Alexander Zverev conqueror Diego Schwartzman and will be in the semifinals for the eighth time in the final Grand Slam of the tennis season.
There, Nadal meets Italian Matteo Berrettini on Friday after a hard-fought 3: 6, 6: 3, 6: 2, 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 5) against Frenchman Gael Monfils for the first time Grand Slam tournament is in the semifinals. The second semi-final will be played by the Russian Daniil Medvedev and Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria.
"Being here in the semifinal again means everything to me," said Nadal. "It was not easy, Diego is a great fighter. I am glad that I have overcome a few sticky situations. »
Nadal started furiously against Schwartzman and was quickly 4-0 ahead. But then the Argentine, who had conquered Zverev in four sets in the second round, had lost his nervousness and delivered a thrilling fight to the world ranking second. Schwartzman made the equalizer to 4: 4 and then had at Nadals serve even two more breakballs. But Nadal freed himself from the critical situation and took the first set a little later.
Also in the second round Nadal gave a 5: 1 lead restored, Schwartzman fought back under the cheers of the audience for 5: 5 back. But then the Argentinian made some minor mistakes, which Nadal promptly used for the second set win. This cleared the way for the Mallorcan.
Berrettini had previously shown in the most important game of his career so far a fierce fighting performance. For almost four hours, the Italian and the Frenchman Monfils fought each other. Berrettini has had the opportunity several times to decide the game earlier. In the fifth round, he was already ahead 5: 2, awarded at the score of 5: 3 the first match point. But Monfils never got up and saved himself in the tiebreaker.
But there also helped all the support of his girlfriend - the women's semi-finalist Jelina Switolina - in the stands nothing more. Berrettini used match point number five and was the first Italian to reach the semi-finals of the US Open for 42 years. "I still can not believe it, I do not know what to say," said the 23-year-old after the game. "I'm just proud of myself. But the tournament is not over yet. "