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US Open 2017: Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martin del Potro to reach final

US Open 2017: Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martin del Potro to reach final

Nadal ended the 2009 champion's ordeal with a splendid backhand passing shot on his first match point, four years after his last title at Flushing Meadows.

US Open 2017, Men's Singles Preview – Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin del Potro

US Open 2017, Men's Singles Preview – Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin del Potro

Thrice has he come close to the title, but Nadal on hardcourts hasn't been a stat to show. Eeasing past all unseeded players so far in the tournament, Nadal now is up against the man who had defeated him at a similar stage eight years back. 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 stood the score as the then sixth-seeded Argentine crumbled down Nadal's then hope of maiden US Open glory.

US Open: I deserved to beat Roger Federer, says 'lion' Juan Martin Del Potro

US Open: I deserved to beat Roger Federer, says 'lion' Juan Martin Del Potro

Del Potro said he hopes to repeat his 2009 victory over Nadal ahead of his epic five-set victory over Federer to capture his only Grand Slam title.

US Open: Juan Martin del Potro beats Roger Federer, to face Rafael Nadal in semi-final

US Open: Juan Martin del Potro beats Roger Federer, to face Rafael Nadal in semi-final

Federer looked on the edge and panicky throughout the match, with Del Potro making the most the opportunity to end his opponent's journey rather prematurely.

Eight years on, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro to collide again at US Open

Eight years on, Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro to collide again at US Open

The battle on Wednesday is famously dubbed as the battle of forehands because these two are the two best players in the world when it comes to one of the most talked about shots in the sport. 

Juan Martin del Potro stands no chance against Roger Federer: Mats Wilander

Juan Martin del Potro stands no chance against Roger Federer: Mats Wilander

The quarter-final will be a rematch of the 2009 U.S. Open final when Del Potro claimed his only grand slam title but former world number one Wilander is not expecting the same result.

US Open 2017: Juan Martin del Potro sets up Roger Federer showdown

US Open 2017: Juan Martin del Potro sets up Roger Federer showdown

Federer, the third seed, eased into the last-eight with a 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 win over Philipp Kohlschreiber, taking his record over the German veteran to 12-0.

Cincinnati Open: Grigor Dimitrov beats Juan Martin Del Potro for first time to reach quarter-final

Cincinnati Open: Grigor Dimitrov beats Juan Martin Del Potro for first time to reach quarter-final

The seventh-seeded Bulgarian advanced to his eighth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Del Potro, who struggled with the intense heat in the closing stages of the one hour 39 minute match.

Enjoy the good life, Juan Martin Del Potro advices Novak Djokovic

Enjoy the good life, Juan Martin Del Potro advices Novak Djokovic

Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion from Argentina who has endured long absences while battling nagging wrist injuries, knows all too well the challenge Djokovic faces after announcing last week he would miss the remainder of the year with an elbow injury.

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic to take centre court at All England Club today

Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic to take centre court at All England Club today

Angelique Kerber, the 2016 runner-up to Serena Williams, has endured a poor Slam season, losing in the fourth round at the Australian Open and then suffering a first-round loss at Roland Garros to Ekaterina Makarova. It was the first time a top seed had lost in the opening round in Paris.

Queen's 2017: Injury-cursed Juan Martin del Potro out of Aegon Championships

Del Potro`s withdrawal follows that of French Open champion Rafael Nadal, who wants to rest before Wimbledon gets underway on July 3.

French Open 2017, Day 7: Andy Murray downs Juan Martin del Potro, French women in grudge match

French Open 2017, Day 7: Andy Murray downs Juan Martin del Potro, French women in grudge match

Murray, the runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2016, will next face either John Isner of the United States or Russia`s Karen Khachanov.

Rome Masters: Novak Djokovic on track for French Open, sets up Juan Martin del Potro final clash

Rome Masters: Novak Djokovic on track for French Open, sets up Juan Martin del Potro final clash

Djokovic, beaten in the final by Britain`s Andy Murray last year, will now face Juan Martin del Potro in the quarters after the unseeded Argentinian`s third round 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 win over Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori.

Mexico Open: Novak Djokovic battles into Acapulco quarter-finals with win over Juan Martin del Potro

Mexico Open: Novak Djokovic battles into Acapulco quarter-finals with win over Juan Martin del Potro

Top-seeded Djokovic, had to dig deep against former US Open champion del Potro after falling a break down in the third set.

 

Delray Beach Open final: Jack Sock takes second ATP title of 2017 as injured Milos Raonic withdraws

Delray Beach Open final: Jack Sock takes second ATP title of 2017 as injured Milos Raonic withdraws

Sock said that Raonic notified him personally about the withdrawal shortly before he was to warm up for the match.

Milos Raonic downs Juan Martin del Potro to book Delray Beach Open title clash with Jack Sock

Milos Raonic downs Juan Martin del Potro to book Delray Beach Open title clash with Jack Sock

Despite some shaky moments, Raonic fought off a set point in the second-set tiebreaker and closed out the match with his 17th ace of the night to advance to the meeting with Sock, a 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) winner over fellow American Donald Young.

Delray Open: Juan Martin Del Potro beats Damir Dzumhur, books quarter-final clash with Sam Querrey

Delray Open: Juan Martin Del Potro beats Damir Dzumhur, books quarter-final clash with Sam Querrey

Argentina`s Del Potro, the 2011 Delray Beach champion playing just his second match of 2017, held on to beat the 24-year-old Bosnian 7-6 (7/5), 4-6, 6-3.

Delray Open: Top seed Milos Raonic beats Croatia`s Borna Coric, advances into quarter-finals

Delray Open: Top seed Milos Raonic beats Croatia`s Borna Coric, advances into quarter-finals

Raonic, who reached the tie-breaker with his 11th ace and reached match point with his last ace, booked a Friday quarter-final matchup against British eighth seed Kyle Edmund,

Davis Cup: Serbia advance into quarter-finals; clash between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal possible

Davis Cup: Serbia advance into quarter-finals; clash between Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal possible

Nadal was sitting out the trip to Croatia after reaching the Australian Open final last weekend but would be certain to return to face a Djokovic.