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Roger Federer’s record in sight as Rafael Nadal reaches last four

RAFAEL NADAL has a golden chance to move to within one of Roger Federer’s men’s grand-slam record of 20 after reaching the US Open semi-finals.

Federer and Novak Djokovic are out, but Nadal wrapped up a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman in their quarter-final. ‘It means everything to me,’ said the world No.2.

‘Physically I’m fine. Today was a heavy day, big humidity. I had some big moments at the end of the second set, but the last few games I felt good.’

The Spaniard will play Matteo Berrettini in the last four. The 13th seed beat Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).