Del Potro beats Roger Federer for a semifinal spot
- Author: Julie Sanders Sep 09, 2017,
Sep 09, 2017, 14:23
This will be his third major final this year.
"I played too much to his backhand and I felt he was waiting for me there", said Nadal after his 15th successive Grand Slam semi-final win. "But here we are".
Del Potro, who saved two match points against Dominic Thiem in a last-16 tie from which he nearly retired with illness, gained the only break of the first set in the fifth game off a fortunate net cord.
Del Potro's victory means tennis fans the world over are once again denied a first ever meeting between the Swiss maestro and his old Spanish foe in NY.
"I was not playing bad the first set", Nadal said, "but I was losing".
Del Potro enjoyed strong support from the sold-out 23,771 crowd on Arthur Ashe under the lights, with a spine-chilling roar welcoming his victory. Tiger Woods, himself a 14-time major golf champion, cheered the Spaniard on from Nadal's box in the stands.
Nadal will next face del Potro on Friday in the semifinal.
"Personally, I like to play against him when I'm in good condition".
Federer's loss to Del Potro gives Nadal a chance to strengthen his position at the top of the world rankings. That made him the first player in history who reached double figure number of titles at one Grand Slam. But he tweaked his back at a tournament last month, curtailing his preparation for the US Open, and he was not quite at his best for stretches.
It was then the Argentine who had a set point on Federer's serve, did not flinch, returning brilliantly again to force the Swiss to hit a volley long.
After he lost the first set against Delpo, we saw a true meaning of the phrase "raging bull".
The Spaniard closed it out but Anderson settled down after a see-sawing second set and delivered his 20th ace, a 132 mile per hour bullet, to take the third. The South African won 83 percent of his first serve points and had 22 aces Friday. "I'm dealing with just trying to understand what happened and just to overcome this in the next few hours, days, weeks, whatever it is, you know". "He came to that match with confidence after beating Roger (Federer), Dominic (Thiem) too". I was pretty nervous starting out.