Nadal set for US Open final

The US Open has reached the semi-final stage in the men’s draw and Rafael Nadal is a red-hot 1/20 favourite to beat Matteo Berrettini on Friday (8/1).

With Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both out of the tournament, the way is open for Nadal to secure a fourth Flushing Meadows title and it will be tough for Berrettini to match the Spanish legend (Nadal 3/10 US Open Outright).

The pair have yet to meet in the professional ranks but while Nadal has won 18 Grand Slam titles and appeared in many more finals, his Italian opponent had never been past the first round in New York until this year.

The 23-year-old did reach the fourth round at Wimbledon during the summer but it is now a step into the unknown for the Rome-born ace.

In truth, Berrettini has not had to beat any stellar names en route to the last four but did take out Frenchman Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals.

Nadal has dropped just one set, against Marin Cilic, and seems as hungry as ever to win silverware.

While that match is heavily weighted in favour of Nadal, the clash between Grigor Dimitrov and Daniil Medvedev looks tough to call.

Russia’s Medvedev is a 1/2 favourite to progress to the final while his Bulgarian opponent can be backed at 13/8.

The pair have met twice to date, with one victory apiece as Dimitrov took their 2017 quarter-final match at Queens in three sets while Medvedev triumphed in straight sets on the Washington hard courts just a few months later.

Dimitrov has the experience of two Grand Slam semi-finals plus a couple of quarter-finals to draw on but, significantly, has failed to shine at the US Open.

Medvedev, ranked fifth in the world, is one of the up-and-coming players tipped to replace the big four when their time is up and this will be a huge opportunity to show the tennis world that his time has already arrived.

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