Rafael Nadal Defeats Matteo Berrettini to Reach US Open Men’s Final

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7 Sep 2019 | Deportes

Rafael Nadal is one win away from his 19th Grand Slamtitle…

The 33-year-old Spanish tennis star defeated Matteo Berrettini to reach the US Open men’s final.

Rafael Nadal

Nadal, a three-time winner at Flushing Meadows, will face Russia’s Daniil Medvedevon Sunday after a straight-sets win over Berrettini.

On a wet and windy night in New York, a storm briefly threatened to brew under the roof as Berrettini, in his first major semifinal, had two points for the opening set.

The Italian 24th seed had been clinging on to Nadal, fending off six break points including a set point.

But the underdog then raced into a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak, and a drop shot followed by a volley right on to the baseline gave him his big chance.

However when another volley hit the tape, and one drop shot too many fell short, that chance evaporated.

Every service game was a trial for Berrettini, who saved more break points in the first and third games of the second set but succumbed to trail 5-3.

Two sets to the good, Nadal disappeared into the distance and a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 victory was wrapped up in two hours and 35 minutes.

Nadal would move to within one major title of Roger Federer‘s record tally of 20 if he can overcome Medvedev.


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