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By reaching the final, Nadal joined Federer and Novak Djokovic as the only men to reach four finals at each of the four majors.

Speaking after the match, a beaming Nadal said: "After a couple of years with injuries, some troubles, a very emotional time, it is awesome to be back, very important for me". "But here we are".

Anderson, who is 31 years old and 6-foot-8, beat Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 in an earlier semifinal Friday.

It took eight years but Rafa Nadal gained his revenge, ending Juan Martin del Potro's hopes of another dream run to the U.S. Open final with a shockingly ruthless semi-final victory on Friday.

Del Potro, whose career was nearly ended a year ago after undergoing four wrist surgeries, wrapped up the first set thanks to a break in the 11th game secured with a blistering crosscourt pass.

But Juan Martín del Potro had other ideas.

Not least because on Monday he nearly retired down two sets to love to Dominic Thiem and struggling with a heavy cold. He had support Wednesday with the upper deck singing "Ole" across the match-turning, third-set tiebreaker in which the Argentine fought off four sets points.

On the other hand, Del Potro claims to not be in "good condition". Tiger Woods, himself a 14-time major golf champion, cheered the Spaniard on from Nadal's box in the stands. The fans make me feel happy every time I play here.

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"So I don't know what's going to be my strategy for that match".

"I will have to play my best tennis".

Federer's 60 winners were 12 more than del Potro, whose blistering serves and electric forehand winners took their toll.

Nadal ranks third in return rating, and he's looking altogether unstoppable in New York City, having dropped three total sets in his first six matches at the 2017 U.S. Open. He won two of the first three, in 2010 and 2013. Even before the tournament started, the assured semifinal meeting of Federer and Nadal felt like the final, a fitting culmination of a Grand Slam season defined by their resurgence. But, those problems are behind them and both of them had a great run in this year's US Open.

The last South African to win a major is Johan Kriek, who won the 1981 Australian Open. No matter who advances, it will set up the first all-American US Open final since 2002, when Williams lost to younger sister Serena. From that moment, the Argentine always looked in control, right up until he clinched the win with an unstoppable driving forehand down the line. The duo will be the top-two players when the rankings are recalibrated on Monday (10 September).

"A lot of times I know that and it didn't happen, but today it happened".

"I was exhausted after the Thiem match, the Roger match". I was pretty nervous starting out.