US Open: Rafael Nadal sets sights on 19th grand slam title

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Rafael Nadal reached the US Open final after a straight-sets win over Matteo Berrettini.

The Spanish second seed will face Russian Daniil Medvedev, who made his first grand slam final after beating Grigor Dimitrov, also in three.

Here, PA looks back at day 12 and ahead to day 13 at the US Open.

Shot of the day

Medvedev looked almost apologetic after this defensive forehand chop turned into a spectacular winner down the line.

Stat of the day

Medvedev is the third player, after Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi, to reach the finals in Washington, Canada, Cincinnati and at the US Open in the same season.

Miss of the day

Berrettini’s drop shot had been working well until, at set point in a first-set tie-break, he left one short. It might have been a different story had the Italian made it.

Quote of the day

When I was going to the USA, I didn’t know it would be this good. I have to say I love the USA! – Daniil Medvedev, the new diplomat

Serena’s record attempt

Serena Williams will equal Magaret Court’s all-time record of 24 grand slam victories if she beats Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu in Saturday’s final.

Order of play

Arthur Ashe Stadium:

Chan Hao-ching/Michael Venus v Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Jamie Murray
Bianca Andrescu v Serena Williams

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Novak Djokovic withdraws and Johanna Konta advances on US Open day seven

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Novak Djokovic succumbed to a shoulder injury as his US title defence came to an end against Stan Wawrinka.

Meanwhile, Johanna Konta knocked out the third seed to reach a third successive grand slam quarter-final and her first in New York.

Here, PA looks back at day seven and forward to day eight at the US Open.

Shot of the day

Madison Keys bowed out but not before unleashing this forehand rocket against Elina Svitolina.

Stat of the day

Konta is the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1983 to reach the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows.

Shock of the day

Djokovic’s defeat was a surprise, but he has been carrying an injury. The shock came when women’s second seed Ashleigh Barty fell by the wayside, going down in straight sets to an inspired Qiang Wang of China.

Quote of the day

“Yesterday I did my laundry at a laundromat in Brooklyn. I’m very special when it comes to laundry” – Grigor Dimitrov keeps it real

Villain of the day

Daniil Medvedev is still rubbing the Flushing Meadows crowd up the wrong way.

Fallen seeds

Women: Ashleigh Barty (2), Karolina Pliskova (3), Madison Keys (10), Petra Martic (22)
Men: Novak Djokovic (1), David Goffin (15)

Order of play

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Arthur Ashe Stadium:

Naomi Osaka v Belinda Bencic
Alexander Zverev v Diego Schwartzman
Marin Cilic v Rafael Nadal
Taylor Townsend v Bianca Andreescu

Louis Armstrong Stadium:

Donna Vekic v Julia Goerges
Andrey Rublev v Matteo Berrettini
Kristie Ahn v Elise Mertens
Gael Monfils v Pablo Andujar

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US Open day six: Naomi Osaka consoles Coco Gauff after ousting teenager in third round

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Coco Gauff tearfully bowed out at the hands of defending champion Naomi Osaka.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal won in straight sets and set up a meeting with 2014 champ Marin Cilic.

Here PA looks back at day six, and forward to day seven, at the US Open.

Shot of the day

The doubles is in full swing, and so was Jamie Murray with this over-the-shoulder number.

Stat of the day

New York local Kristie Ahn, 27, is enjoying her home slam.

Well that was emosh

Osaka beat friend Gauff 6-3 6-0 and then consoled the 15-year-old afterwards.

Shock of the day

Seventh seed Kiki Bertens was dumped out in straight sets by Julia Goerges, who is seeded 26th.

Fallen seeds

Men: John Isner (14), Nick Kyrgios (28)

Women: Kiki Bertens (7), Caroline Wozniacki (19), Anett Kontaveit (21)

Order of play

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Arthur Ashe Stadium:

Roger Federer v David Goffin
Serena Williams v Petra Martic
Elina Svitolina v Madison Keys
Novak Djokovic v Stan Wawrinka

Louis Armstrong Stadium:

Qiang Wang v Ashleigh Barty
Johanna Konta v Karolina Pliskova
Dominik Koepfer v Daniil Medvedev

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