NEW YORK, Sept 8 (Reuters) - A look at the form and records of Span’s Rafa Nadal and Argentine Juan Martin del Potro ahead of their semi-final encounter at the U.S. Open on Friday (prefix number denotes seeding):
The 31-year-old Spaniard has won more matches than anyone else on tour this year and lifted four titles, including a record-extending 10th French Open.
Following a lacklustre show in the hardcourt warm-up events, Nadal is yet to be tested at the U.S. Open, with his first five wins coming against players ranked outside the top 50.
He holds a 8-5 win-loss record against Del Potro but he lost their only previous meeting at the U.S. Open in 2009.
24-Juan Martin del Potro
After a dominant display to see off Roger Federer, the Argentine will be confident on reaching his first grand slam final since winning the title at Flushing Meadows in 2009.
Having played nine sets over the last two matches, the Argentine admitted he may not be in the best shape for the semi-final on Friday.
“Physically I’m not in the perfect conditions, but when you play semi-finals of a grand slam, everything can happen, so you must be ready for the chance,” said Del Potro, whose career has been hampered by injuries and surgeries.
“Playing against Rafa in my favourite tournament, I will try to enjoy the atmosphere and the game.” (Writing by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)