Nadal and Del Potro ready to deliver semis fireworks

Nadal and Del Potro ready to deliver semis fireworks

Federer led Del Potro by two sets to one looking for his sixth straight title at Flushing Meadows in 2009.

Top seed Rafael Nadal produced a breathtaking performance as he rallied to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the US Open semifinals.

Del Potro, 28, beat Federer to win his only Grand Slam title in NY in 2009, and eight years later he delivered another blow to the 36-year-old on Arthur Ashe Stadium. "I have the passion to play with full energy, and to come back here many years", said Nadal, a former two-time US Open champion (2010 and 2013). "Andrey was playing in his first quarter-final and he played with more mistakes than usual". The quality he has produced since being two sets down to Dominic Thiem is remarkable and, on a hard-court, I can't see Nadal matching his game.

"This year has been an emotional year. I need to play long, I need to play against his backhand, and then open the court". So you appreciate it.

"It should hurt, and it does, rightfully so, but I think my perspective at this age and with the season I've had, (it) is easier to grasp faster, so I'll be fine quickly", Federer said. "So I am very happy about what happened, very happy to win Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Roland Garros".

Federer arrived in NY nursing a back problem but appeared to have put the doubts behind him after surviving two five-set matches in the opening two rounds.

Rafa Nadal was at his awe-inspiring best as he recovered from a first set wobble to crush Juan Martin del Potro 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2 in the US Open semi-finals on Friday and move within reach of a 16th grand slam title.

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Earlier, Anderson continued his dreamy run at Flushing Meadows by defeating in-form Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to seal a spot in Sunday's final. From that moment, the Argentine always looked in control, right up until he clinched the win with an unstoppable driving forehand down the line.

"If someone had told me when I started my comeback that I would make two semi-finals and a grand slam final I would have passed out", she said. "I know against Rafa the crowd will be tough for me but I hope you are cheering for me again. He's number one in the world, but with this awesome support anything can happen". "Important victory against a great opponent".

Who do you think will win tonight's tennis showdown? The last time he played Del Potro in the US Open, the Argentinian won 6-2,6-2,6-2.

That flank is sure to be attacked by Nadal, who seems to have rediscovered his old knack of cranking up his form with every match through the course of a Slam fortnight.

If only Federer had thought of that on Wednesday night then the US Open would have its dream semi-final. "I know that if I play my best tennis I can be a danger to him".

It is the first time since 1981 that all four women's semifinalists in NY are from the host country. At majors, the 19-time Grand Slam champ brings the noise. However, It is not impossible for him to become number one, with a number of tournaments still to go before the end of the year.