Published: Thu, September 05, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Berrettini wins US Open thriller as favorite Nadal targets semis

Berrettini wins US Open thriller as favorite Nadal targets semis

In terms of how he can refocus on the court for the remainder of the season after the 3-6 6-3 6-2 3-6 7-6 (7-5) defeat, Monfils believes he can draw on the experience of his 2014 quarter-final loss to Roger Federer at Flushing Meadows, when he had two match points against the Swiss legend.

Thoughts of a semi-final with Nadal must have been the furthest thing from Berrettini's mind when he dropped the first set in just over half an hour. Why not? I mean, I'm here.

But Schwartzman reminded Nadal that danger can lurk everywhere, even from an opponent he had beaten in all seven previous meetings and only lost two sets.

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"A very bad day for me, serving", Monfils said.

Berrettini had never reached the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament before, while Monfils made it to the semifinals at Flushing Meadows in 2016.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both out of the bracket, but Nadal is still around, meaning at least one member of the Big Three is in the semis at a 62nd consecutive major tournament.

"The problem is "if", Nadal said. "I played eight times, and every important moment he played better than me".

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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.

"I achieved the four semi-finals of the four grand slams this year and that's a lot".

Now he takes on Nadal, someone Berrettini called "the greatest fighter ever in this sport". "I need to play my best", Nadal said of his first-time foe. As an Olympic champion I know that sports fans share the same deep passion wherever they are in the world.

Matteo Berrettini is just the second Italian to reach the men's US Open semi-finals.

Second seed Nadal, a three-time champion in NY, will play Italy's Matteo Berrettini for a berth in the final after the 18-time Grand Slam victor overcame a gritty performance from the 5ft 7in (1.70m) Schwartzman. That match give me confidence. But I am still really surprised with the way this last four weeks have been going.

The win over Schwartzman sent Nadal through to a 33rd Grand Slam semi-final - third most in history behind Roger Federer (45) and Novak Djokovic (36) - as he reached the last four in NY for the eighth time.

Again Nadal's nous proved the difference at the crucial moment, taking Schwartzman's serve in the 12th game with his third set point.

"I really don't know what are his limits because he's still going up, up, up", said Santopadre. "I remember also my double fault I must be honest", Berrettini mentioned. Nadal, though, is closing in on a fourth championship at the U.S. Open and his 19th at all majors, which would move him within only one of Federer's record for men.

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