Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal seeks his fourth US Open final when he takes on former champion, Juan Martin del Potro on Friday afternoon.
Date: 7 September 2018
Match time: Not before 4 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / 9 PM BST – United Kingdom / 10 PM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Saturday 6 AM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
The world No. 1 has won 11 of his 16 matches against Delpo, and has beaten the Argentine in three of the last four majors, including an epic five-setter at Wimbledon. They have met once previously at this stage in New York, a contest which a then 20-year-old Delpo claimed in straight sets.
Rafa on playing Delpo:
Yeah, will be a very tough one.
Probably Juan Martin is – in Wimbledon he’s a great player. He’s a great player on grass. Well, he’s a great player everywhere.
But the challenge of playing him on hard of course is even higher for me personally than playing against him on clay, like happened in Roland Garros.
Even like this, I had a very lucky first set.
Will be a big challenge. Is a match that we know each other very well. I know he’s playing well.
I know that I will have to play at my highest level to keep having chances of success. I am focused on try to make that happen.
I think last three sets I improved. I increased my level. Was a step forward for me in the dynamic of the tournament. So I did it. I hope to continue that way.
It could be another big battle as the Wimbledon match was. Of course, I like to play always with the No. 1 of the world, doesn’t matter the tournament or the conditions or the weather. I just have the chance to play the greatest on this sport, and it’s amazing for me.
GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!
Source: US Open