Ir­re­press­ible Nadal chases 16th Slam

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

RAFAEL Nadal moved one win away from a third US Open ti­tle and 16th Grand Slam crown Friday when he de­feated weary Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2.

The 31-year-old Spa­niard, the 2010 and 2013 champion in New York, will play his 23rd Slam fi­nal and third this year, look­ing to add the US ti­tle to his record 10th French Open.

In the fi­nal, the world No.1 will face 32nd-ranked Kevin An­der­son, the first South Afri- can in the cham­pi­onship match in 52 years.

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

For 2009 champion Del Potro, Friday’s match was one too many as the phys­i­cal and emo­tional toll of see­ing off Roger Fed­erer in four sets in the pre­vi­ous round left him spent.

“I have had an amaz­ing sea­son af­ter some tough mo­ments with in­juries in re­cent years,” said Nadal, who started 2017 by fin­ish­ing run­ner-up to Fed­erer in Aus­tralia. “It’s a very emo­tional year for me. I am in the fi­nal again and get the chance to fight for an­other ti­tle which is very im­por­tant.”

An­der­son cel­e­brated his semi-fi­nal vic­tory as if it made him the champion by climb­ing into the stands.

“I don’t know if it’s ap­pro­pri­ate,” said the 31-year-old South African. “It cer­tainly felt the right thing to do.”

Picture: GETTY

Rafael Nadal hits a re­turn against Juan Martin del Potro dur­ing their semi-fi­nal

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.