Rafael Nadal blew away Matteo Berrettini to Hit the US Open final and to the Verge of a 19th Grand Slam title.
After a straight-sets triumph over Berrettini a three-time winner in Flushing Meadows, the Spanish second seed, will face Russian Daniil Medvedev on Sunday.
Nadal said:”First set was a little bit frustrating, I had a lot of break things and also you don’t need to be in a tie-break with a player like Matteo.
“In the tie-break I was a bit lucky but I lived. Eventually I had a break in the next and the game. I’m super glad to be back in the final of the US Open.
“Congrats to Matteo. He’s young, he’s everything and he’s got a terrific future ahead of them.
On a blustery and wet night in New York, since Berrettini, in his very first, had two points to the opening set a storm temporarily threatened to boil beneath the roofing.
The seed had been clinging to Nadal, fending off six break points for example a stage that was set.
But the underdog raced to a 4-0 lead and he was given his opportunity by a drop shot followed by a right to the baseline.
However when the tape was hit by a second volley, and a single fall shot fell short, that chance vanished.
Every service game was a trial for Berrettini, who saved more break points in the first and third games of the second group however succumbed to trail 5-3.
Two places to the good, Nadal vanished into the distance along with a 7-6 (6) 6-4 6-1 victory was wrapped up at 2 weeks and 35 minutes.
If he can overcome Medvedev, the 33-year-old will move to within one name of Roger Federer’s record tally of 20.
Sunday will be the 27th major closing, also Medvedev’s initial of Nadal. They have played each other once before also Nadal won it in style 6-3 6-0.
“Daniil is one of the most solid players on the tour, he’s making steps weekly and that he had an wonderful summer,” said the Spaniard. “He will probably be the toughest opponent and that I will need to play my very best.”