Defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal will face world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a repeat of the 2010 US Open final after the Spaniard swept past Scotland’s Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 in the second men's semifinal of this year's US Open.
Nadal defeated Djokovic in last year's final but the Serb, who claimed his pot in final with a thrilling five-set win over Roger Federer, has beaten him in five finals this year, including a victory in the Wimbledon final.
Speaking after the match against Djokovic, Nadal said:
"This year, I’ve not had a lot of luck against him. I played already five finals against him and I lost all of them. So, hopefully New York will help me this time. I will try my best. I played a fantastic match against him in the final last year. I will try to be aggressive with my forehand and solid on my serve."
Nadal is bidding to win his 11th Grand Slam title and second of the season. He is currently tied for sixth in the all-time list of Grand Slam men’s singles title leaders.
Reflecting on the win over Murray, Nadal said:
"The beginning of the fourth set was really important because Andy had a tougher match than me yesterday. He had a break point at the start of the fourth, I saved that, and after I felt like I started to play aggressive and I think I played my best match here this year."
Andy Murray, on the other hand, said he needed to "improve" and work on his game. The world No. 4 also called Nadal the "greatest player" to have played tennis. Murray said:
"It's disappointing to get so close. I've lost to Rafa a few times this year. I need to work on my game and get physically stronger. I know the right tactics for playing against Rafa but I didn't implement them in the first two sets.
It's very easy from the side to suggest what I should be doing out there—you should see some of his passing shots. There's many things I could have done a bit better but I didn't.
He's probably the greatest player who has played tennis."