Three-time champion Rafael Nadal has stormed past Italy’s Matteo Berrettini 7-6, 6-4, 6-1 to reach the US Open final.
The first set was a closely fought affair as both Nadal and Berrettini went back and forth to maintain the intensity of the match. Both players were in no mood to lose the momentum and in the end, Nadal managed to win the set by the slightest of margins. He took the first set 7-6 in 74 minutes.
Italian Berrettini came out all guns blazing in the second set and he managed to take a 3-2 lead over Nadal in the set. However, the world number two came strongly to level the set at 3-3, and in the end, he ended up winning the set 6-4.
After winning the game, Nadal said: “The first set was frustrating with all the break points ... and I was a little bit lucky in the tiebreak. After that the match changed and I am super happy to be back in the final of the US Open.”
On Friday evening set a blockbuster US Open final against No. 5 seed Daniil Medvedev in what will be a matchup of two of the hottest hard-court players in the world.