Juan Martin Del Potro Was Unable To Win This Friday Against World Number 1 Rafael Nadal
Nadal beat him in four sets and was a finalist for the 2017 edition of the US Open, held on cement at the Flushing Meadows complex city of New York.
In the fourth and last Grand Slam of the season, the tandilense, ranked 28th in the ATP world ranking, showed a lavish performance in the first set, when he won by 6-4.
But the Spaniard, who settled for the fourth time in the definition of the US Open, largely dominated the following partial 6-0, 6-3 and 6-2, to straighten out the win in a total of two hours and 30 minutes of wrestling.
Nadal, who won four contests so far this season (one of them Roland Garros), will be measured on Sunday in the final to South African Kevin Anderson (32), who beat the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta (19) in the other semi. , by 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 and 6-4.
Thus, Del Potro will appear, starting next week, in the placement 24 (approximately) of the world ranking.
And in the series of background he holds with Nadal, the Tandilense continues below: 5-9 (the last triumph occurred in the semifinals of the Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 2016)
In the first set, such presumptions, the Spaniard attempted to play him back from the Tandilense, taking advantage of his condition of left-handed. While Del Potro relied on the power of his serve and the operation of a parallel setback that bothered the Mallorcan.
The two players held their respective services until 2-2, when the Argentine – increasingly secure with his drive – broke in the fifth game, then a right that hit the belt and fell on the other side of the net.
The champion’s first serve in the 2009 edition (he gained 77 percent of the points) continued to be lethal and deep right hurt. Del Potro (12 winning shots) seized zero of the eighth game to anticipate 5-3 and remained – finally – with the first set 6-4, after 50 minutes
In the second chapter, the film was completely modified. Because the world number 1 greatly improved the efficiency of its first service (won 91 percent of points), settled on returns, showed greater precision in parallel shipments and accelerated when it saw its rival falter.
Nadal broke in the second, fourth and sixth game to get a resounding 6-0 in just 26 minutes. Del Potro was out of focus for the first time on the warm night of Flushing Meadows.
At the start of the third segment, a hurricane that lashed New York and did not have a woman’s name continued in action. “Hurricane Rafa” became the complete dominator of the film and went ahead 3-0 on the board, to sign a streak of nine games won in a row.
Del Potro was able to effortlessly cut the drought in the fourth game (1-3), but the world’s No. 1 showed aplomb to hit deep, firmness in the bottom and handling with a demolishing left-handed.
The Tandilense raised a little the opaque image that showed in the second chapter, could save two sets points to discount 3-5, but Nadal closed clearly to the next game, to take the chapter, with the synthesis of 12 winning shots (against 5 of Del Potro) and a 77 percent success rate in the first service.
The fourth quarter gave, of moving, an encouraging panorama for the Tandilense, who stood 1-0 up.
But that illusion of returning to the party evaporated immediately. Nadal continued to show a superb level, broke the serve of the Tandilense in the third and fifth game and culminated the task in 31 minutes.