Rafael Nadal will face the Italian Matteo Berrettini on Friday, September 6th in the US Open semi-finals, as the Spanish player seeks to win his nineteenth Grand Slam title, AFP reported on Thursday, September 5th.
The 33-year-old Spaniard, forced to retire from last year's semi-finals with knee pain, is feeling healthy now and ready to pounce against Berrettini.
"He's serving huge, big forehands, moving well, and big confidence because he's having a great year, so let's see. I need to play my best," Nadal said of Berrettini, his first-time foe.
"Looks relaxed, looks he's ready to fight for important things,” added Nadal.
Nadal dispatched Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals.
"Like a lion in the middle of the jungle," Schwartzman said of Nadal. "He's big. He's a fighter. He knows how to play the important moments every single time."
Berrettini, at 23 a decade younger than Nadal, heaped on greater praise.
"I think he's the greatest fighter ever in this sport," the Italian said. "It's unbelievable what he's doing. I admire him, the way he is on the court, like his attitude is something I think it's close to perfection."
Nadal, who has dropped only one set in four matches and a walkover, warns his mind and body are as dangerous as his heart and spirit.