Nadal proves too strong for Schwartzman in quarters

Rafael Nadal survives Marin Cilic scare to reach US Open quarter-final

Second seed Nadal - the victor at Flushing Meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017 - plays Schwartzman in the night session at Arthur Ashe Stadium and is the unquestionable favorite as the only former champion left in the men's field. Nadal held on to grab the 7-5 win. During the win, Nadal impressed with his receiving as he won 47% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent's serve on 8 occasions. Then again, maybe it was the sprinting, sliding, bend-it-around-the-net-post forehand victor to get to match point, which Woods loved, too. I was a bit tight but you didn't see it.

Francesca Schiavone won the French Open in 2010 and Flavia Pennetta claimed an all-Italian US Open final with Roberta Vinci in 2015.

Berrettini, the 24th seed, eased to a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (8/6) win over Russia's 43rd-ranked Andrey Rublev to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam for the first time.

Nadal was responding to a question about whether he was surprised that he had served more aces than his big serving Croatian opponent Cilic in their 4th round encounter.

The 23-year-old Berrettini joined Barazzutti, 1976 Roland Garros champion Adriano Panatta and Marco Cecchinato as just the fourth Italian to advance to a men's Grand Slam semi-final in singles.

Berrettini defeated 13th seed Gael Monfils to progress to the last four and Nadal - who last won the US Open title in 2017 - expects a challenge. "It's pretty special to me".

"Nadal had come out firing on all cylinders showing the 5'7" (1.70m) tall Argentine no mercy as he raced to a 4-0 lead.

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Berrettini used booming serves and stinging forehands to overwhelm Monfils, who struggled with humid conditions in Arthur Ashe Stadium until shortly after the roof closed during the third set and brought in cooler temperatures.

Eighteen-time Grand Slam victor Rafael Nadal has advanced to the US Open semi-finals, the latest strong performance of what has been a spectacular year for the Spaniard.

Berrettini clinched a place in his first grand slam semifinal in a near four-hour battle with Monfils, winning the fifth set in a tie-break as he prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) on Wednesday.

Nadal is the only former major champion left in the men's field following the elimination of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, leaving him as the clear frontrunner in his pursuit of a 19th major title.

"For some moments in the second set I felt there were too many points in his hands, he was pushing me back, more aggression than me and he hit every ball very strong", said Nadal.

"I'm really looking forward to beating their records". I'm happy for him. But Nadal hung in there to avoid losing a third consecutive service game. "I used every opportunity I had", the Bulgarian said in his press conference.

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