U.S. Open: Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martin del Potro to reach final
It was not that many years ago that tennis fans believed that Rafael Nadal’s best days were behind him because of his constant run-in with injuries.
But to underestimate the desire and competitive nature that is Rafael Nadal is not clever.
Nadal is now set to play in his third Grand Slam final this year at the U.S. Open on Sunday. The last time he competed in three Grand Slam finals was in 2011 — he won the French Open that year, but was a runner-up at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.
This year Nadal lost a five-set marathon in which he was up a break in the fifth to Roger Federer in Australia, before capturing his 10th French Open title.
The 31-year-old, now enjoying his fourth career stint as the world No. 1, ended Juan Martin del Potro’s dream of a second U.S. Open title by taking their semifinal 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday night.
“It’s been an amazing season after a couple of years with troubles, injuries,” Nadal said. “It’s very emotional for me to be on this amazing court in front of an amazing crowd, to be in another final and to have a chance to fight for another title.”
Nadal, who is now in line for a third U.S. Open trophy, has won 15 Grand Slam titles in his career, placing him second behind Federer’s men’s record of 19 victories at the majors.
The Spanish conquistador won his most recent Grand Slam in Paris, becoming the first player in the Open era to win the same major on 10 occasions. Prior to the French Open victory, he also won a 10th career title at the Monte Carlo and Barcelona clay court tournaments this season.
Nadal’s now won all 15 Grand Slam semifinals he’s played since he was sent packing in the 2009 U.S. Open semifinal by none other than Juan Martin del Potro, who captured his lone Grand Slam title here in New York that year.