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).