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

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By Emma Sanders

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    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Some of Delpo’s returns are coming back with a trail of flames. One forehand in that last game drew gasps from the crowd. Unfortunately for the Argentine he was hitting them against a brickwall which was dressed like Rafael Nadal.

  2. Ged Ashton: I hope Del Potro and Nishikori advance to the final instead of having regulars all the time.

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    The trainer is out…

    Nadal needs that knee strapping up again. Is he feeling the heat?

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    Chanda Rubin

    American former world number six at Flushing Meadows

    You have to expect the ball to come back when you play Nadal but it still amazes you.

  5. Nadal holds

    Nadal 4-3 Del Potro*

    Oh Del Potro should have won the point!

    He smashes an unstoppable forehand into the corner but Nadal (only Nadal) manages to return it into court.

    Del Potro isn’t expecting it and he can’t move his feet in time, volleying beyond the baseline.

    Nadal rounds the game off with a backhand winner and holds to love.

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    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    Del Potro fans

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    At times Ashe has a similar atmosphere to a football stadium when Delpo is playing.

    “Ole, ole, ole, Delpo, Delpo!” is the favourite terrace chant.

    Although the singing of the Argentine fans is not as loud yet as it was during his third-round match against Fernando Verdasco.

    That was post-midnight mind. i.e. some of his most vocal fans looked like they had been sinking the free booze in a hospitality box.

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    Chanda Rubin

    American former world number six at Flushing Meadows

    That backhand was so sweet. You can’t time a ball better than that.

  8. Del Potro holds

    *Nadal 3-3 Del Potro

    Del Potro

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    Del Potro responds with a huge serve down the T which bounces off the rim of Nadal’s racquet.

    He fires a cross-court forehand and Nadal’s backhand is outside the tram lines.

    Another deep forehand pushes Nadal so far back he’s practically hugging the line judge and the Argentine rounds the game off with a thumping backhand winner.

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    Nadal 3-2 Del Potro*

    Del Potro is trying to warm up that forehand. It’s fizzing and it’s full of depth but it’s not quite consistently accurate.

    Another overcooked swipe goes wide before he slots one into the net. Nadal leads 30-0…

  10. Monty Moncrieff: Four games in and the first men’s semi is already sizzling! Of course I want Rafa to win but I’ll be supporting whoever does in the final. Del Potro deserves another Slam too. Vamos! (Both of them.)

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    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Flushing Meadows

    US Open

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    With a population of 8.5m, New York is a city which needs to be kept moving. And with the roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium open, it is easy to hear above the sound of tennis balls pounding strings.

    The silence during points is often punctured by noisy planes just taking off from nearby La Guardia airport and express trains on the Long Island Railway heading into Manhattan.

    I had read that planes were redirected around the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the US Open – not today.

  12. Nadal holds

    Nadal 3-2 Del Potro*

    Do you like rallies? Because we are getting A LOT of rallies.

    Del Potro loses out this time as his forehand crashes into the net and Nadal backs it up with a smashing serve down the T.

    The Argentine keeps pushing with his forehand and Nadal eventually miscues into the net. But the Spaniard serves up a treat to set up game point.

    He wraps it up with a soft backhand volley and gestures for his bath towel.

  13. Del Potro holds

    *Nadal 2-2 Del Potro

    Del Potro rolls his eyes as a forehand hits the top of the net cord and bounces back on his side of the court. 30-15 to Nadal.

    But a thumping serve draws Del Potro level. He hits a big forehand cross-court and it forces Nadal to overhit his return.

    A stern look from the Spaniard and a shake of the head…

    Del Potro then produces one-two punch and takes the game.

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    Chanda Rubin

    American former world number six at Flushing Meadows

    This first set is much more important to Del Potro.

  15. Nick: Nadal is standing so far back to receive serve he should be charged admission.

  16. Nadal holds

    Nadal 2-1 Del Potro*

    Nadal fires himself ahead to 30-0 but Del Potro plays a deep forehand which lands on the edge of the baseline.

    Under pressure, Nadal fires a forehand into the corner and Del Potro’s top-spin return is long. Game Nadal.

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    *Nadal 1-1 Del Potro

    Del Potro fires an excellent forehand return towards the baseline. It’s called out but immediately overruled.

    Nobody really knows what’s going on so the point is replayed. The Argentine is frustrated.

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    Chanda Rubin

    American former world number six at Flushing Meadows

    There are not many players who can handle Del Potro’s serve like Nadal just did.

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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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