Nadal downs Del Potro, faces Anderson for US Open title

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"Of course it is a pity, but Juan Martin deserves it more".

The favorite of the tournament, which will be looking for a third title at Flushing Meadows and 16th career Grand Slam tournaments, has made fi a start to the game saw-tooth Friday night, offering a masterful performance by the result, winning at a certain point nine consecutive games en route to a victory of 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 against Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final of global tennis in the United States. And complete. He won nine straight games spanning the second and third sets and didn't allow del Potro a look at a single break point after two [one converted] in the first set.

"The way I played or am playing right now, it's not good enough in my opinion to win this tournament".

"I tell you, for me what is more important, more than win Slams is be happy".

After thundering forehands past Federer with regularity, the 28-year-old is growing in confidence even if he believes that beating Nadal will take an even better performance.

"I'm just exhausted", said Del Potro.

"You know, those matches are tough". "He's also a lefty, so he has chance to find easily my backhand".

Sloane Stephens, of the United States, reacts after defeating countrywoman Venus Williams in the US Open semi-finals. "But it will be an interesting match to play".

However, his last loss at this stage came on the same NY hard courts in 2009 at the hands of Del Potro, who went on to shock Federer in the final, ending the Swiss legend's five-year reign.

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Although Anderson has some big-time weapons, particularly on his serve, the world No. 1 is playing, as he likes to say, with calm, clear thought and with the peace of mind that he is not dealing with any injuries.

"I forced myself to think that but I never had quite the same rhythm as during the Australian Open, Wimbledon, Indian Wells or Miami", he explained.

"I was wrong in the way that I was trying to play, no?"

It means he now has the chance to win a 16th Grand Slam title and will be playing for his third US Open crown, having previously won in NY in both 2010 and 2013.

"I played too much to his backhand and I felt he was waiting for me there", said Nadal after his 15th successive Grand Slam semi-final win.

"I'm not disappointed because it's been a good run this year already".

Hours earlier, Anderson was so excited by his semi-final victory that he celebrated as if he'd been crowned champion, stepping on a chair and then a flower box to help him climb into his guest box in the stands.

Federer, who had a 16-5 winning record over Del Potro ahead of the quarter-final, levelled the tie after breaking for a 3-1 lead in the second.

"That put me in a position where I needed some luck, where the margins were really tight".