The U.S. Open men’s semifinals will both take place Friday including No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev facing Grigor Dimitrov before No. 2 Rafael Nadal takes on No. 24 Matteo Berrettini
M.Berrettini vs R.Nadal
Rafael Nadal is just two wins away from a 19th career grand slam singles title after an impressive but tough straight sets victory over a determined Diego Schwartzman 6-4 7-5 6-2.
Nadal said he is looking forward to his semi-final against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini as seeks to win a fourth US Open and knows he will have to be wary of the Italian’s big forehand.
“I saw him play, he is hitting huge big forehands moving well and super confident so he is a player making big steps forward every week, it will be a big challenge,” Nadal said.
The Italian has shown grit throughout his 2019 US Open campaign and has been part of four matches that have gone to at least four sets. Berrettini must look to compatriot Fabio Fognini for inspiration; out-doing Rafa’s early intensity with your own is key, and if the Italian wins the first set, anything could happen.
D.Medvedev vs G.Dimitrov
Daniil Medvedev came out on top in an odd quarter-final encounter with Stan Wawrinka in which neither player was at his best, with the Russian almost retiring through injury in the first set before winning in four.
Fifth seed Daniil Medvedev feared he would not be able to continue against Stan Wawrinka before reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at the US Open. Medvedev received painkillers and taping on his thigh in the first set of a 7-6 (8-6) 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory over the Swiss on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The Russian will face Grigor Dimitrov, who overcame five-time champion Roger Federer for a place in Sunday’s final.
Dimitrov has never got past the round of 16 at the US Open and has reached the third Grand Slam final of his career after losing out to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon 2014 and Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open three years later.
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