September 2019

Rafael Nadal Wins in Straight Sets to Advance to US Open Semifinal

Nadal advanced to his 33rd Grand Slam semifinal on Wednesday night. . Nadal defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. . But the match did not end until after 12:30 a.m. EST Thursday. . It took more than two hours to play the first two sets. . Nadal led 4-0 in the first set before Schwartzman tied it at 4-all. . Nadal went up 5-1 in the second set, but Schwartzman eventually made it 5-all. . He's a fighter. He knows how to play the important moments, every single time. I've played him eight times and every important moment, he played better than me. , Diego Schwartzman, via statement. Nadal is now 8-0 in his career against Schwartzman. . Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have combined to win the past 11 Grand Slam finals. . With Federer and Djokovic both eliminated, Nadal is now the heavy favorite to win the U.S. Open.