Worl No. 2 Rafael Nadal is closing in on a fifth US Open final as he prepares to face Matteo Berrettini in Friday’s semifinals. It will be their first career meeting.
Date: September 6, 2019
Match time: Not before 5.30 PM EDT – New York, Montreal / 10.30 PM BST – United Kingdom / 11.30 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / 7.30 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.
Rafa on playing Matteo:
Berrettini is having a great year. He’s in semifinals winning a lot of good matches, so what you can expect in a semifinals of a Grand Slam match. You can’t expect an easy opponent. You can’t expect an easy match.
He’s serving huge, big forehands, moving well, and big confidence because he’s having a great year.
Matteo on Rafa:
I think he is he greatest fighter ever in this sport. It’s unbelievable what he’s doing. I admire him, the way he’s on the court. His attitude is something that, I think, it’s close to the perfection.
Berrettini was just nine when Rafa won his first Grand Slam title – at Roland Garros in 2005 – and says his first memory of the Spaniard is from that year’s Italian Open. Rafa beat Guillermo Coria in a five-set epic to win in Rome, but, back then, Berrettini had very different priorities.
They were showing the match on the TV for free, but it was a channel that was about cartoons. I was young. These guys, I mean, six hours. Come on! I want to catch my cartoons.
Our champ has now reached the semi-finals in 10 of the 11 tournaments he’s played this year, while he has made at least the semis in his last seven majors. For the first time since 2008, Rafa has reached the last four or better in all four Slams.
Rafa has a 45-6 match record in 2019, which includes a record-extending 12th title at Roland Garros (d. Thiem), plus two ATP Masters 1000 crowns in Rome (his ninth) and the Coupe Rogers In Montreal.
He has dropped only one set in the tournament so far, against 2014 champion Marin Cilic in the fourth round.
Good luck & Vamos Rafa!