Federer: Del Potro fought like a lion

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- Anderson, the world number 32, is the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men's singles finalist since the inception of the ATP rankings in 1973.

Amid the much speculated FEDAL clash at the US Open 2017, Argentine tennis ace crashed all high hopes to book semi-final date with World No.1 Rafael Nadal in the Flushing Meadows, on Friday. Along the way, the Spaniard broke a two-match winning streak and the opponent took revenge from the Argentinian defeat in the final of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro.

Eventually, del Potro's flat, fearsome forehand became less risky, as if he suddenly remembered just how tired he was. The 31-year-old Nadal will face South Africa's Kevin Anderson in the final.

"I played everything well". Nadal overcame the monumental threat posed by Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 on Friday (Saturday in Australia) to clinch a berth in the final.

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"I feel I have no place in the semis and he will have a better chance to beat Rafa, to be honest", he said. The men's final between Nadal and Anderson will be broadcast live on ESPN on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. ET. Anderson dominated the majority of the match, scoring 22 aces to Busta's one, and hitting 58 winners against Busta's 21.

Another forehand victor, his 23rd of the night, guided down the line brought the 2010 and 2013 champion the break he needed in the fourth, and there was no way back - even for Del Potro.

"Rafa just played even better the last three sets of the match and I couldn't hit my backhand as good as I did in the beginning of the match", said Del Potro.

"Clay court season was unbelievable, so that helps a lot for my confidence, to be more calm and I'm here in the final", Nadal said.

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In the fourth, del Potro held, Nadal held, and then Nadal had an absolutely unreal game, allowing just one point on del Potro's serve.

He hasn't won multiple Slams in a season since 2013, but he did thump del Potro for his 15th consecutive Slam semi-final triumph, the last loss coming to del Potro in the South American's 2009 US Open championship run.

"I did not play badly in the first set but I was weak at the end of it and that set costs me the match at the end of the day", added Federer, who was broken at 5-5. "So I don't know what's gonna be my strategy for that match", said Del Potro, whose career has been hampered by injuries and surgeries.

Del Potro, however, has sweet memories against Nadal, having beaten him 6-2 6-2 6-2 in the final in Flushing Meadows in 2009.

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"This year has been an emotional year". Ankle surgery - and left knee, right shoulder and groin injuries - were problems previous year. "If I don't play at my best level, the chances will be much less".

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