How to Watch Rafael Nadal vs. Andrey Rublev

Juan Martin Del Potro plays a backhand at the US Open in his match against Adrian Menendez

Juan Martin Del Potro plays a backhand at the US Open in his match against Adrian Menendez

The 36-year-old has struggled with a back injury in the build-up to the tournament and left the court after the second set for a medical timeout. "My serve was good, I hit my forehands as hard as I possibly could".

"When I saw all of this crowd cheering for me, my illness cleared up. It was an unbelievable atmosphere". Del Potro is 1-2 in career grand slam semifinal appearances. "That's what he came back for". "That's what he came back for, to get crowd support the way he got it".

The celebrations of his victory could be heard on the main court where Federer was playing.

"I didn't even think about it, as I lost that match, that it's not going to happen", Federer said referring to a semi-final matchup with Nadal which was spoiled by a resurgent del Potro.

A relentless Nadal broke to open the third and when Rublev double faulted to hand him yet another break at 4-1, the dejected Russian simply bent over and let his racquet drop.

Del Potro, whose career has been repeatedly interrupted by wrist surgeries and rehab, now finds himself facing Federer yet again in NY. Djokovic went on to lose to Nadal in the final. "I don't know what can I say after this big battle". I was buying the same clothes as him, all the new collections. "So I'm really happy for him. We played a great match and I think I deserved to win in the end", he added.

"We always had a good relationship".

If Del Potro can recover from the Thiem match, his match against Federer could be another classic. "I don't know how he's doing it". But it doesn't happen very often.

"Of course it is a match I want to see".

He gatecrashed the tournament again on Wednesday when he defeated Federer in a gripping quarter-final 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 6-4 to reach his fourth Grand Slam semi-final. And especially to play here in NY.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal breezed into the semifinals of the U.S. Open expecting a showdown next with No. 3 seed Roger Federer. The two legends have met at every Grand Slam tournament, but never at the US Open.

Nadal had a slow start in his opening games at Flushing Meadows, however, he has become more rampant in his recent wins, defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov and Andrey Rublev in straight sets in the fourth round and quarterfinal, respectively.

On match point, a forehand victor, del Potro lifted his arms into the air in triumph.

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