US Open semi-finals: Nadal v Del Potro – radio & text

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US Open semi-finals: Nadal v Del Potro – radio & text

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By Emma Sanders

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    *Nadal 1-1 Del Potro

    Jonathan is right.

    Nadal snatches his break point at the first time of asking and it’s all square again.

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    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Not the start that Nadal was hoping for. The positive? It was better than his opening game against Dominic Thiem in his quarter-final.

    On that evidence he isn’t going to be bagelled in 25 minutes.

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    Nadal 0-1 Del Potro*

    Excellent defence from Nadal.

    He goes 30-0 up with a forehand passing shot after Del Potro had moved towards the net and was set-up for the volley.

    The third seed bounces back with a fizzing forehand into the corner but he scuffs his double-handed backhand into the net.

    Two break back points for Nadal.

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    Chanda Rubin

    American former world number six at Flushing Meadows

    What a big game. Del Potro is ready to take advantage of the slightest opportunity.

  5. Del Potro breaks

    Nadal 0-1 Del Potro*

    One break point saved…

    But Nadal’s movement is off. He can’t settle and Del Potro forces the Spaniard to run from side-to-side before his forehand smashes into the net.

    Break for Del Potro.

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    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    It’s like a boxing match before the bell goes here. Loud rock music. Flashing spotlights. All that is missing is Michael Buffer. Let’s get ready to rumble.

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    *Nadal 0-0 Del Potro

    Nadal’s first two forehands are smacked into the net but his third is a sublime winner down the line.

    Del Potro is equal to it – opening his shoulders and playing some smart cross-court shots. Two break points for the Argentine.

    We’ve already had some excellent rallies, some fizzing forehands and a thumping Nadal fist pump.

    It’s going to be a looooooong night.

  8. Best seats in the house?

    Cat Archer

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra on Arthur Ashe Stadium

    Gigi Salmon, Chanda Rubin and David Law your commentary team for Del Potro against Nadal.

    No popcorn in the media canteen…so I’ve had to give them nuts instead.

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    David Law

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator at Flushing Meadows

    This feels like a fight for the heavyweight championship of the world.

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    *Nadal 0-0 Del Potro

    The first men’s semi-final of 2018 is underway.

    Rafael Nadal to serve first.

    *Denotes the server.

  11. We’re going to be treated to some fantastic tennis tonight.

    But who do you think will book their place in Sunday’s final? I want to know your thoughts on tonight’s matches and the US Open tournament in general.

    Send your thoughts in using #bbctennis

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    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    These two players can just not avoid each other at the Slams recently. And it has come at Del Potro’s cost.

    This is their fourth meeting in the past five Slams – and Delpo has lost all three so far:

    • 2017 US Open – Nadal won 4-6 6-0 6-3 6-2
    • 2018 Roland Garros – Nadal won 6-4 6-1 6-2
    • 2018 Wimbledon – Nadal won 7-5 6-7 (6-8) 4-6 6-4 6-4
    • 2018 US Open – ??????
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    Nadal is placing his drinks in a particular order, as he always does, and lines his kit up in a very organised manner.

    A few photos are snapped and the umpire says a few things. Nadal is jumping up and down and Del Potro is swinging his racquet from side-to-side.

    A quick shuttle sprint from both players towards the baseline and the warm-up begins.

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    Chanda Rubin

    American former world number six at Flushing Meadows

    Nadal has had knee issues in the past. I think he manages those issues well. He is smarter how he plays the points. How much he is able to do that will be the key.

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    The music has been turned up. The crowd are roaring. The giants are out.

  16. One for the cameras…

    Nadal v Del Potro

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    No prizes for guessing who this lot are supporting tonight…

    US Open

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    A bunch of animated Argentines are gathered behind a television presenter as she delivers a live broadcast from outside Ashe back home.

    After doing her piece to camera, she canvasses the crowd for their opinions on how Del Potro will fare.

    “Gana!” they all shout in unison.

    That, if my limited Spanish is correct, means ‘Win!’

    One bloke reckons it’ll be in four, another in three because he thinks Nadal will struggle physically after some gruelling matches in the earlier rounds.

    They then break into a chant. “Ole, ole, ole, ole, Delpo, Delpo!” as they jump around for the cameras.

    Textbook television.

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    Chanda Rubin

    American former world number six at Flushing Meadows

    Juan Martin del Potro is a different player and I think he is playing even better tennis than he played back in 2009 when won the title.

    He has adjusted his game and is a smarter player.

    This match-up has been to Nadal’s favour but when you consider the battles they have had, this should be a special match.

  18. ‘It could be another battle’

    Nadal v Del Potro

    The pair’s meeting at Wimbledon in the quarter-finals lasted almost five hours with Nadal winning a thrilling fifth set.

    And Del Potro is expecting a similar battle this evening.

    “It could be another big battle, as the Wimbledon match was,” Del Potro said.

    “Of course, I like to play always with the number one of the world, it doesn’t matter the tournament or the conditions.

    “I just have the chance to play the greatest in this sport, and it’s amazing for me.”

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    Chanda Rubin

    American former world number six at Flushing Meadows

  20. Nadal fans ‘sure of victory’

    Nadal v Del Potro

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    While the rowdy Argentines are getting most of the attention outside Ashe, there are plenty of their Spanish counterparts knocking around.

    If the Spanish flag isn’t a give away then the logo of the Nadal bull on the baseball caps worn by Alberto Nogueira, Alberto Nogueria (senior), Michelle Palmeirez Jose Yaber sure is.

    Rafael Nadal fans

    Copyright: BBC Sport

    “We are here in New York for business and fun – this is the fun!” laughs Alberto senior, who has crossed the Atlantic from the city of Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain

    “We are always watching him on television and this year we made the decision to so something special because we work very hard.

    “So we said ‘let’s go to the US Open semi-finals and final’. This is the first time we have seen him live so we are very excited.”

    But will they see in the final? “Of course. It will hard but he will win. I’m sure.”

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