US Open: Nadal defeats Del Potro to qualify for final

US Open 2017 Men's Singles Final | Rafael Nadal starts as overwhelming favorite against Kevin Anderson in title clash

He will look to clinch his third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam title of the career.

Rafael Nadal went into his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro with a relatively simple game plan: stay away from the big guy's flat, fearsome forehand and go after his weaker backhand.

Kevin Anderson entered the crowd to hug his brother after advancing to his first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open on Friday.

Nadal's play was exquisite those last three sets against Del Potro, a player so unsafe that his forehand is now associated with Thor's Hammer. "I need to play long, I need to play against his backhand, and then open the court".

"You know, those matches are tough".

"I played everything well".

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A familiar display of brutal hitting from the number 1 seed left Rublev with no reply, as Nadal finished the job in just over an hour and a half to reach the last four at Flushing Meadows for the sixth time. "So that's the most important thing for me".

"He only had to cover 60 per cent of the court most of the time".

The Spaniard, however, didn't have any problems despite the fact that his opponents were much better players.

"So was a big advantage for him. Too much against his backhand, so I had to change something". "I really had to dig deep, I think my emotion at the end summed it up".

After his marvelous performance in the semi-finals, the star player said, "It's a very emotional year for me". If he wins US Open, that is going to be his second Grand Slam title in three finals.

In a tight fourth set, del Potro broke Federer in the fifth game. It makes this match truly unpredictable, but compelling at the same time.

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"Playing against Rafa in my favourite tournament, I will try to enjoy the atmosphere and the game". For this U.S. Open, however, both Djokovic and Murray withdrew because of injury, as did the defending champion, Stan Wawrinka, so Anderson acknowledged that "some of them gave us a chance". "I had flu during the week". "I'm just over the moon right now". "Fought like a lion", he said, before conceding that his current form was not good enough to deserve a semi-final place. "So I don't know what's gonna be my strategy for that match", said Del Potro, whose career has been hampered by injuries and surgeries.

Anderson brings a 2-0 head-to-head record against the number 12 seed, who has quietly moved through the draw without dropping a set in five matches.

Anderson reached his maiden final at the majors by beating 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 4-6, 7-5, 6- 3, 6-4.

The Swiss veteran said that he isn't too crushed over the disappointing defeat after winning two Grand Slam titles this year. "If you practice well and you feel well, you have more chances to win." concluded Nadal.

Who do you think will win tonight's tennis showdown?

With the highly-anticipated matchup between Nadal and Federer now out of the question, the U.S. Open now has a semifinal field without some of tennis' greats.

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Lewis has come close to victory any number of times since that 2014 win in Arkansas, achingly close 12 times, to be precise. Everybody talks about it. "I hit a really good chip", Lewis said. "You have to get a lot of things right, to go your way".

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