Nadal Looks Like Himself Again as He Heads Into US Open Finals

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Rafael Nadal moved one win away from a third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam crown Friday when he defeated tired Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6 -2.

The current World No.1 player made a staggering win with 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 against the Argentina player on Friday.

The 31-year-old Anderson will be the first South African to play in the final in NY since Cliff Drysdale in 1965.

"It's been an unbelievable season for me and I'm so happy to get a chance to fight for another title after a couple of seasons with injury troubles", Nadal said after his match.

"Important victory against a great opponent" said Nadal to media.

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"So I tried to move him around more and be more unpredictable".

After taking down the 6-foot, 6-inch (198cm) Del Potro, Nadal will face another tall order in Sunday's final where he will face 6-foot 8-inch (203cm) South African Kevin Anderson.

Although Anderson has some big-time weapons, particularly on his serve, the world No. 1 is playing, as he likes to say, with calm, clear thought and with the peace of mind that he is not dealing with any injuries.

Earlier in the day, Coco Vandeweghe dispatched women's top seed Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 to match her best ever Grand Slam performance. The 2009 US Open victor will now have his eyes set on his second title.

The Spaniard took two hours and 31 minutes to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 against his Argentinian opponent, whose exertions of the past two rounds appeared to catch up with him. More important, (I) have given myself a shot at being in the finals and I will be playing for a Grand Slam trophy.

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"But when you have this draw, you have to do your best to take advantage, so I think that is a really good tournament for me".

For 2009 champion Del Potro, Friday's match was one too many as the physical and emotional toll of seeing off Roger Federer in four sets in the previous round left him spent. Federer will be the fresher player in their night matchup, having beaten Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets Monday, while the 24th-seeded del Potro was overcoming illness and a two-set deficit to rally past No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem in more than 3 1/2 hours. But Juan Martín del Potro had other ideas.

I have two fancies for this clash, a sensible selection and an audacious one, although both are supported by solid logic. For one set, former Open champ Juan Martin del Potro filled in admirably for Federer, whom del Potro ousted in Wednesday's quarterfinal. This year, Del Potro's run in Flushing has been nothing short of remarkable.

He faces a huge challenge against Nadal, who has a 4-0 record in their head-to-head and grew stronger as the match wore on against a exhausted Del Potro.

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