PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martin del Potro and will face Kevin Anderson in US Open final

Rafael Nadal will face Kevin Anderson in the final of the US Open after beating Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-2 in his Flushing Meadows semi-final.

After the match, Rafa said:

It means a lot. It has been an amazing season of course after a couple with injures and troubles you know? To be back here in front of this amazing crowd, on this amazing court and to have the chance to fight for another title is so important to me.

I changed a couple of things after the first set. I was playing too much to his backhand and I knew that I had change and move him more and be more unpredictable. It worked really well and I am very happy.

When the rounds are coming, you know you have won a few matchs and you have confidence and know you are playing well. The last three matches have been very positive and this one was the best.

It will be very tough against Kevin. He has an unbelievable serve and is a great example for the kids in the way he has come back from injury. I have known him since we were 12 so I am very happy for him.”(via BBC)

After losing the first set Rafa came roaring back, winning nine games in a row and chasing down everything.

Our champ improved to 23-3 in Grand Slam semifinals, and he has now won his last four US Open semifinals. He will be bidding to win a third  US Open final on Sunday.

More to follow…

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23 thoughts on “PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martin del Potro and will face Kevin Anderson in US Open final

  1. I don’t think Kevin Anderson has ever beaten Rafa so hopefully he won’t do it now. So long as Rafa stays fit for this final test he should be hoisting the trophy in 24 hours. I thought he played a very agressive and exciting game against DelPotro once he made some changes after the first set.
    Without taking anything away from Uncle Toni the influence of Carlos Moya is evident. This year it is almost as though Rafa has been reborn.
    The main concern is that he does not overdo it. If he needs to cut down his schedule for the remainder of the year hopefully Moya will advise accordingly. Even omitting one tournament could make all the difference.
    A fit Rafa is a happy Rafa and brings happiness to his fans, too.

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  2. Rafa fan 1

    Bravo Rafa! Wonderful to see you thinking well and playing well and of course winning!!!
    Keep it up champ!!!

    All the very best for Sunday!

    VAMOS

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  3. Ana the biggest fan to Rafa

    The best player Rafa congrats vamosssssssssssssssssss CHAMP .Remember I’m the one the 2017 is your year love and good luck .🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🎾🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🇺🇸❤️

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  4. SACHIN RAVAL

    You r my strog hero of the tenis game i m so impressed for your playing style specialy inside out forhand and i hope u win the us open
    Best of luck Vamos Rafa
    Go Go Rafa
    Now i want to see u as top mony earn player of the tenis world
    Go Go Rafa You r my strongest fighting hero

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  5. Elaine Crowder

    Wow Rafa it sounds as though it was a really great match, and that you played so well.

    Please have some rest now and relax, so that you are refreshed for Sunday.

    All the best for your match with Kevin Anderson.

    Love and Prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

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  6. Melly

    I praise and thank you Lord for making it possible for our champ Rafa. Congrats once again champ Rafa for another battle won. Just keep believing you can still beat them. So very happy for you. May you continue to produce such positive and excellent game all through the season and the coming seasons. Cheers ^J^

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  7. Glenda Krozendijk

    My dear Rafa, you are amazing! I knew you’re going to win against Delpo! Nobody can stop you right now! The way you are playing is unbelieveble! You have the passion, your perseverance is incredible!
    Champ, I wish you all the best in the final! You can do it, just stay focused, be aggressive and play your game!👍❤️🏆

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  8. Najite Erhisere

    Fantastic job from Rafa. Thanks for putting a smile on a true and loyal fan’s face. No one can stop you now. Come Sunday you will be lifting that cup.#usopen#rafa#16.

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  9. YB

    What an incredible match! Rafa, congratulations! We’re so happy and so proud of you! You reminded us again (as if a reminder is even needed) why we love you, respect you, and admire you so much! Rest well, and best of luck on Sunday!

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  10. Hats off to Rafa for a terrific match. In his on court interview, it was really heartening to hear Rafa talk about his love of tennis and the fact that he wants to keep playing for years to come. He’s ruly in a happy place and long may it last!

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  11. Positive thinker (India)

    AMAZING MATCH. I WAS CONFIDENT YOU WOULD BEAT DEL. JUST ONE MORE STEP.
    LOVE YOU RAFA, BUDDY, FOR ALL THE ENERGY N LOVE YOU PUT INTO EVERY MATCH. IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO WATCH YOU PLAY.

    REST N COME BACK STRONG FOR THE FINALS.

    LOVE YOU, ALWAYS. NEVER CHANGE THE WAY YOU ARE FOR ANYTHING IN THIS WORLD. KEEP SMILING.

    LOVE YOU ALWAYS.💕💘💔💗💜💛💖💞💟💚💓❤🌹😙🌻🌼🌺🌷🌾🌸😚😚😚😚😚😚😚

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  12. VAMOS AGAIN SWEETHEART & CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BRILLIANT VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) 😉 : ) ENJOY YOUR BRIGHT WIN & YOUR POWERFUL COMMAND …….EVERYTHING WAS FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU KEPT YOUR GENIUS FOCUS & PASSION & IT WAS VERY CLEAR RIGHT FROM THE FIRST STEP ON THE COURT THAT YOU WERE GOING TO WIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 HAVE LOTS OF FUN CELEBRATING DEAR RAFA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 : ) 🙂 🙂 LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS & GOOD NIGHT & SWEET DREAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 😉 😉 😉 😉 😉 VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXO

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  13. Well played Rafa. You dictated points from second set onwards and kept the pressure till the end. You were super aggressive in your approach and hit so many winners especially from forehand. Now take some much needed rest and hoist the trophy on Sunday.
    Vamos no.16 is coming

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  14. Rafa_1310

    FINAL! So happy for Rafa. He played a great match. One step away from #16. Take rest and than go for it. We are all with you. Vamos Rafa ❤

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