US Open SF: What time does Rafael Nadal play Juan Martin del Potro?

On Friday, Rafael Nadal will face Juan Martin del Potro for a spot in the US Open final.

The Argentine defeated Roger Federer in four sets. His victory means Fedal will end another year having never played each other in New York.

Rafa is now also guaranteed to keep hold of the number one ranking ahead of Federer.

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Date: 8 September 2017

Match time: NOT BEFORE 5:30 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / 10:30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 11:30 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Saturday 7:30 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa on facing Delpo:

If I play against him, of course I have to play my best tennis.

I need to be very focused with my serve and play aggressive, because if you let him play from good positions with his forehand, you are dead, because he plays super-aggressive, hitting so hard.

So probably he’s unstoppable from that positions, no? I need to play long, I need to play against his backhand, and then open the court.

Delpo on facing Rafa:

Well I played him in 2009 too, the same as Roger, and hopefully I can achieve the same result.

We look older but Rafa is playing a great season. He’s No. 1 in the world but with this amazing support, everything can happen.

Rafa leads the big man from Tandil 8-5 over their careers, but they haven’t played this season. Delpo has won their past two meetings and in 2009 he beat Rafa 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 in the US Open semi-finals. Here are all the matches they have played against each other:

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

198 comments

  1. Fee-Fi-fo-fum
    I smell the blood of an English man: ( make that an Argentinian man)
    Be he alive, or be he dead,
    I’ll grind his bones to make my bread. ( Or bagel)

    Rafa has slayed the Gentle Giant
    Rafa I am ecstatic
    What a magnificent night for Rafa Fans , can’t wait for Sunday
    Night All.

  2. I do hope that delpo (no matter how much i like him and despite rafas break ) doesnt make a come back in this set. I couldnt bear a 5th set. But it’s the kind of thing that delpo does. Cross fingers that doesnt happen.

  3. This can’t get any better. I’m so proud of Rafa. Never thought I would get the chance to see 2010/13 USO Rafa again. 😭🤧

  4. WOW RAFA, I think Kevin Anderson will be wanting to right a sick note for Sunday after watching your performance.

    • Lol. Maria.

      Kevin is a nice guy and great talent as well. My prediction and also hope for a final bt them are becoming true. 🙂

  5. GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS CHAMP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 Beautiful 2 SETS LEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ); ) : ) : ): ) The crowd ADORES YOU DEAR RAFA & RESPECTS YOUR FANTASTIC TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) BRILLIANT LEAD & SO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )
    YOU ARE PLAYING & MIXING & SIMPLY AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : )

  6. 77% 1st serve % and 83% 2nd serve win for Rafa in the 3rd set.

    DP still playing some very great points but Rafa is simply being unplayable. Only a goating Novak could hang with him now. Not even Roger.

  7. I quite agree with the commentator who said that if Del Potro hadn’t had so many injuries throughout his career that he would have won some grandslam , I don’t think Rafas’s trophy cabinet would look any different but Roger’s Hmmmmn…

  8. Ah such a pitty. If he broke there he would serve first for the 3rd set.

    Not to mention serving out the set is stressful and always a bit risky.

  9. I just have this funny vision of Roger sat in front of the TV with a doll of Nadal , sticking pins in it. ” It’s not working Mirka” Boo hoo
    Sorry couldn’t resist saying it.

    • Oh that is hilarious Maria and i can picture it too except i see mirka with the pins and roger holding the rafa doll squeezing the life out of it. Lol

      • Yeah, “Lady” Mirka’s face was a picture! I can just imagine her saying to Roger after the match ” It’s all your fault . I bought this over the top, sparkly silver outfit for nothing ‘cos you lost! I’d have taken it back to the shop and asked for a refund, but the whole world’s seen me wear it”.

      • Yes that horrendous silver outfit was hideous and i really wish i hadnt seen it never mind the world. Lol

      • Haha. Navdeep. Yeah I think so as well but I actually love and admire their love story. Fed is one lucky guy to have found Mirka. 🙂

    • Haha. Looks like some Fed fans has finally appeared with his life mission of pressing the dislike button here. 🤡

    • Hey Maria. I reckon rafa would have had roger the dodger in straight sets. But we’ll never know. He hates it that rafa is no1

  10. Maria and Rainier – that was so funny. Raffy just jumped up and meowed loudly when rafa hit that glorious forehand to break. Made me jump twice. Lol

  11. I’m so loving it. Rafa definitely realised “It’s now or never.”

    I’m so jealous with the crowd out there. 😭

  12. BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) CLASSY BAGEL & THE TOASTER IS ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) : ) : ) SOLID EVERYTHING SWEETHEART & SO INCREDIBLY REWARDING TO WATCH YOU FIGHT & PLAY YOUR MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 : ) YOU ARE SO SPECIAL WITH YOUR SHARP RETURNS & DETERMINATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 🙂 LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ): ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU ARE A TRUE CHAMPION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : )

  13. After seeing sloane stephens get bagelled last night and then get into the final – it doesnt really mean that much. But for rafa this will massively help his confidence which means a lot.

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