Matteo Berrettini vs. Rafael Nadal
|Date & Time||Friday September 6, 2019, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
New York, USA
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Spanish tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal has made it into the semifinals of the 2019 US Open. At this stage of the tournament, Rafa will play against Matteo Berrettini from Italy.
Rafael Nadal was very impressive in the previous round as he defeated Diego Schwartzman in straight sets. During the win, Nadal impressed with his receiving as he won 47% of his receiving points which allowed him to break his opponent’s serve on 8 occasions. Rafael Nadal was challenged during his service games but the Spaniard showed enough class to win 73% of his service games. Nadal has only lost 1 set in the entire tournament and he is looking in supreme form as he heads into this clash.
On the other side of the coin, Matteo Berrettini defeated Gael Monfils in 5 sets in the previous round. It was an extremely close match but Berrettini showed his class in the final set which he won via a tiebreaker. During the win, Matteo Berrettini won 75% of his service games and 6 return games. It has been a breakthrough season for Matteo Berrettini as he has won 2 ATP titles in the past 12 months. This is the first time that Berrettini has made the semifinals of a Grand Slam and it may be tough considering he is playing an elite player in Rafael Nadal.
This will be the first time that Rafael Nadal and Matteo Berrettini will be playing each other at an ATP event.
Matteo Berrettini has been very impressive in this tournament and he has made big strides towards the top 10 rankings. That being said, I see Berrettini losing this match. Rafael Nadal is a significantly stronger player and the Spaniard has the experience of winning Grand Slams. Considering the significant difference in experience between the two players, I see Rafael Nadal having too much of an edge for Matteo Berrettini.