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The 2018 US Open is approaching its climax and two of the games all-time greats Nadal and Djokoivc are still on course to contest Sunday’s final but they will both have to win tonight’s semi-finals first. On paper Nadal has the toughest test against Del Potro and while he beat him comfortably in straight sets at this stage of the US Open last season, I think today’s encounter will be a lot closer. Nadal could have easily lost against Thiem in the quarter finals, the head-to-head stands at 10-5 to Nadal but their record on hard courts is 5-5 and Del Potro also thrashed Nadal in straight sets here back in 2009 when he went on to win his first Grand Salm title. I think Del Potro is playing better this time round and he seems to cope with the extreme heat and humidity better. Whatever the outcome I’m sure it’s going to be a fiercely contested match and I see Del Potro edging it in four or five sets.

A resurgent Djokovic faces a tough test in his semi-final as well against Nishikori, who has been playing some of his best tennis this fortnight and more importantly he’s looking close to full fitness. However, Djokovic dominated their sixteen previous meetings winning fourteen and at Grand Slams the head-to-head is 2-1 to Djokcovic. However, Nishikori did beat him here in four sets back in 2014 so he can’t be written off but with Djokovic nearing his best again it’s going to take a below par performance from him and a monumentally epic one from Nishikori if he’s going to reach a second US Open final.

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