Nadal beats Berrettini to reach US Open final; Medvedev next

ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 07, 2019 10:19 AM
Nadal beats Berrettini to reach US Open final; Medvedev next
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning the first set against Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal has moved closer to his fourth U.S. Open championship and 19th Grand Slam title overall by pulling away for a 7-6 (6), 6-4, 6-1 semifinal victory over 24th-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy.

Nadal trailed 6-4 in the opening-set tiebreaker before taking the next four points and was on his way Friday night.

The second-seeded Nadal never faced a break point in the match.

He will face No. 5 Daniil Medvedev on Sunday for the title.

It will be Nadal's 27 Grand Slam final.

If he wins, he will pull within one of Roger Federer's men's record of 20 Grand Slam singles trophies.

Medvedev reached his first major final by beating Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3 earlier Friday.

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