Del Potro eyes another Rafa-Roger double

Tricia Pearson
September 10, 2017

Rafael Nadal dismantled Andrey Rublev to set-up a semi-final showdown with Juan Martin del Potro, who upset Roger Federer in four sets. The South African 32nd world, has dominated the Spanish Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2. "I couldn't hit my backhand as good as I did in the beginning of the match".

"I think he's playing much better".

Del Potro, whose career was nearly ended past year after undergoing four wrist surgeries, wrapped up the first set thanks to a break in the 11th game secured with a blistering crosscourt pass.

In a quarter-final match pitting a 15-time Grand Slam champion against an unseeded 19-year-old making his first appearance on a big stage, Nadal's experience proved to be a decisive factor on Wednesday, reports Efe.

"I also have no idea how I have done it. just hard work. I know that if I play my best tennis I can be a danger to him". That, though, is a thought for another day - Nadal is concerned only with the challenge of Del Potro.

Looking forward to his next opponent, Nadal said: "It will be very tough against Kevin". He's a huge player with an unbelievable serve and he plays so well on these kinds of surfaces.

It was supposed to be the year when the young guns took charge at the US Open.

"He's had many injuries but the way he has come back is a great example to the kids". That includes del Potro's win at the 2009 US Open semifinals, when he dropped only six games to hand Nadal his worst defeat at a major.

This is going to be his 23rd Grand Slam finals, and he is going to be after his 16th title.

He faces a huge challenge against Nadal, who has a 4-0 record in their head-to-head and grew stronger as the match wore on against a exhausted Del Potro.

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Juan Martin del Potro, sick and exhausted after his epic comeback to beat Dominic Thiem on Monday, surely would not have it in him to beat the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion. He only had to cover 60% of the court most of the time, no?

With his booming serves and bullet-like forehand winners, Del Potro wasted no time punishing a Federer double fault at 5-5 to claim the first set.

It was all over in the eighth game when Nadal buried unleashed a backhand victor.

"I played everything well".

Nadal and Anderson are both 31 - their birthdays separated by less than a month - and they have known each other for almost 20 years.

"It has been a long road".

There's no doubt that this will be a see-saw tussle though and I think it might take a while for Del Potro to find his range, especially with his wrists being really tested with Nadal attempting to pummel his backhand, but assuming his is physically right then he has the game to deliver. I've given myself one more shot.

"When I got to the court and I saw Roger playing in the biggest stadium of the tour in my favourite tournament, is like a pleasure for me to be there", Del Potro said.

The Spaniard had pocketed the opener hitting just two winners and only one unforced error.

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