Rafael Nadal 'in good shape' after the victory of the US Open
NEW YORK: Rafael Nadal He said he felt in good shape after advancing to the semifinals of the US Open with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory over the Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman .
Nadal, second seed, three times champion in New York, will play against Italy Matteo Berrettini for a place in the final after the 18-time Grand Slam winner beat a 5-foot-7-inch (1.70 m) sandy Schwartzman performance.
The Spanish needed the best part of three hours to record an eighth consecutive victory over the two-time US Open finalist, Schwartzman, in a match that ended Thursday morning.
He received treatment in his left forearm at the beginning of the third set, but quickly dissipated fears of injuries, after a knee injury forced him to retire during the semifinal last year against Juan Martín del Potro.
I feel good. Today was a very wet day, very heavy. I had some cramps at the end of the second and the first five games, six games of the third. And then I took some salt, that's all, and then it was over, Nadal said.
The body is in good shape, I think. There are no big problems. Alone, of course, now a little tired, long day, 1:30 (am). I need to go to sleep. But I really believe that I will be in good shape.
Nadal passed the first three rounds without testing, a race that included a second round pass, but the 33-year-old feels a tougher competition in his last two games, against Marin Cilic and Schwartzman, has left him ready for another shot. in the title of the US Open.
Today I take a step forward, in my opinion. That game gives me confidence. Two straight games against two difficult opponents. That is a time to increase the level a bit more, and I really think I can do it, Nadal said.
The victory over Schwartzman sent Nadal to the 33rd semifinal of Grand Slam, the third most in history behind Roger Federer (45) and Novak Djokovic (36) - when he reached the last four in New York for the eighth time.
Nadal is the only former major champion left in the men's field after the elimination of Federer and Djokovic, leaving him as the clear favorite in his quest for title number 19.
I just won a very important game for me, and it's time to enjoy this victory. Tomorrow afternoon I will begin to think about the plan for tomorrow, he said.
Today is the time to enjoy that feeling of being in the semifinals of a Grand Slam again.
I achieved the four semifinals of the four Grand Slams this year, and that's a lot. Very, very happy about that.