Rafael Nadal Moves Into U.S. Open Semifinals, Now Two Wins From Major No. 19


Rafael Nadal perspired so much during his quarterfinal match with Diego Schwartzman, that it looked like he had jumped into a swimming pool with his tennis kit on.

On a hot and humid night in New York City, Nadal eventually wore Schwartzman down and prevailed, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2, to advance to the semifinals of the U.S. Open. Nadal now stands two wins from his 19th career Grand Slam title, which would place him one shy of Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20.

“Today was a very heavy day, big humiidity out here and I am this kind of player that I sweat a little bit,” Nadal said on court. “So sometimes under these conditions, is tough.”

The betting favorite to win the title, Nadal will next meet 23-year-old Italian sensation Matteo Berrettini in Friday’s semifinals. In a match that lasted nearly four hours, Berrettini prevailed in an epic five-setter over Frenchman Gael Monfils earlier Wednesday.

No. 5 Daniil Medvedev will face Grigor Dimitrov in the other semifinal on Friday. The championship is Sunday and the winner will take home $3.85 million.

While Nadal has 18 Grand Slam titles, the other three remaining semifinalists have a combined zero.

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