Nadal dismantles Rublev to remain on Federer collision course

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The third seed is now looking forward to a first meeting in NY against Del Potro since 2009, when the Argentinian won his only grand slam title.

The 36-year-old Swiss did not face a break point against Kohlschreiber and the only worry was a medical time-out taken off the court.

His win sets up a quarter-final with Rublev - who stunned ninth seed David Goffin on Monday - and keeps him on course to meet Federer in the final four, but winning the next match is all that concerns Nadal.

The Swiss third seed beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-2 7-5.

A teenage tyro and Juan Martin del Potro's sledgehammer forehand stand between a blockbuster US Open semifinal between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

"Oh my God, I don't know (I won)".

The French Open champion, who reclaimed the top ranking last month, played his part in Rublev's misery with a trademark display of power, precision and aggression.

"I think it's my home court too", Del Potro told the crowd.

"I believe it is a nightmare for Federer to play Nadal".

"It means the world to me", said Keys, who underwent wrist surgery earlier this season. Clearly, his opponent for this match has been straight out of the blocks, and for Nadal to reverse the momentum against a player with nothing to lose like Rublev will be a much harder ask.

However, this is their first US Open encounter after their epic US Open final in 2009, where Del Potro emerged victorious in a gruelling five-set encounter.

Argentina's injury-prone Juan del Potro overcame a slow start to beat Austria's Dominic Thiem in five sets 1-6, 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7/1), 6-4.

The result of the semi-finals denied Federer a shot at Nadal in the semi-finals in a match that would have given him the chance to dethrone the Spaniard as World No. 1. The final Grand Slam of the year has had a men's side that saw many notable stars withdraw before the start of the tournament or fall in the early rounds, while the women's side ended a drought of multiple Americans missing from the final eight.

After saving a couple of break points himself, Nadal broke again and quickly served out to take a two-set lead.

"I fought like this because of you guys, so thank you very much", he added in reference to the noisy Argentine fans who had turned the Grandstand Arena into a raucous soccer-stadium like atmosphere.

Del Potro, whose career has been repeatedly interrupted by wrist surgeries and rehab, now finds himself facing Federer yet again in NY, with the Swiss leading their series 15-5 while winning the last three matches - including Miami in March. A delightful backhand victor earned him another break for 4-2 and the Austrian served for the set at 5-3.

Federer said he was happy to see the likeable Del Potro back on tour and the feeling is mutual.

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