TENNIS

US Open 2019

Rafael Nadal will play Italy's Matteo Berrettini in the US Open Tennis semi-finals after the 18-time grand slam champion defeated Argentine 20th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5 and 6-2.

Second seed Nadal -- a winner at flushing meadows in 2010, 2013 and 2017 -- beat a spirited Schwartzman for the eighth time in as many meetings.

Schwartzman put up firm resistance against Nadal and twice fought back from double-break deficits in the first two sets, but the Spaniard found another gear at crucial moments to secure an eighth semi-final berth in New York.

On the other hand, Matteo Berrettini became the first Italian man to reach the US Open semi-finals in 42 years.

24th seed Berrettini matched Corrado Barazzutti's run to the last four in 1977 after outlasting Frenchman Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6 and 7-6 in three hours and 57 minutes.

PTV Sports is telecasting the entire event live.

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