US Open semifinals – world no.1 Rafael Nadal and Djokovic to take on Del potro and Nishikori

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World No.1 Rafael Nasal is set to take on Juan Martin Del Potro in the Men’s singles first semi finals of the US Open.
Nadal and 2009 US Open champion Del Potro have met twice
in Grand Slams this year, at the French Open and Wimbledon
with Nadal winning on both occasions.
But the world number one has spent nearly four hours longer
on court than Del Potro at Flushing Meadows, including a
gruelling four-hour 49-minute marathon against Dominic
Thiem in the quarter-finals.
“It will be a very tough one,” three-time US Open winner
Nadal said.
“At Wimbledon he’s a great player, he’s a great player
everywhere. But the challenge of playing him on hard courts,
of course, is even higher for me personally.
“I know that I will have to play at my highest level to keep
having chances of success. I am focused on trying to make
that happen.” Should the game go Nadal’s way, it will setup another epic clash with bitter rival, and former world No.1, Novak Djokovic who, on his own will take on Japan star, Kei Nishikori in another classic semi finals. Djokovic beat Millman who knocked out Roger Federer on straight sets 6-3 6-4 6-4 to setup the semi final clash with Nishikori.
Djokovic is aiming for a 14th Grand Slam title, which will take
him level with American Pete Sampras in third in the men’s
all-time list.
Temperatures have soared during the tournament and the
Serb says the conditions have been the “toughest” he has
faced at Flushing Meadows.
He has beaten 21st seed Nishikori in each of the pair’s last
13 encounters but lost their only meeting at the US Open, as
Nishikori reached his only Grand Slam final in 2014.
“For sure it [the 2014 win] is going to give me good
confidence, even though I didn’t remember,” Nishikori said.
“Maybe I will try to watch the match again.
“I don’t have a great record against Novak, but always it’s
been a tough match the last couple of years.
“I’ve seen a chance, but I haven’t been able to make the last
step.”

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