US Open Tennis 2019 Results: Friday Winners, Scores, Stats, Singles Draw Update

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistSeptember 6, 2019

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, in the men's singles semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis championships Friday, Sept. 6, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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A champion will soon be crowned at the 2019 U.S. Open, as Friday's action featured a pair of semifinals matches. 

The first showdown of the day saw Daniil Medvedev and Grigor Dimitrov go head-to-head, with the former advancing with a competitive three-set victory. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal kept his quest for a 19th career Grand Slam title alive in the nightcap against Matteo Berrettini.

Below is a look at the latest action from Flushing, New York.

   

2019 U.S. Open Results — Semifinals

No. 5 Daniil Medvedev def. Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3

No. 2 Rafael Nadal def. No. 24 Matteo Berrettini, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-1

2019 U.S. Open Schedule — Final

Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4 p.m. ET

No. 5 Daniil Medvedev vs. No. 2 Rafael Nadal

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No. 5 Daniil Medvedev def. Grigor Dimitrov, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3

It was a hard-fought battle right from the start. Medvedev jumped out to an early lead by taking the first two games, but Dimitrov responded by winning three straight.

And that set the tone for the match.

Neither competitor could gain the edge early on, as the first set required a tiebreaker. Ultimately, though it was Medvedev who outlasted Dimitrov, 7-6 (5).

Medvedev took the first set despite committing more unforced errors (19-15) and double faults (6-1). He did, however, win 79 percent (15 of 19) of his first-serve points while recording three aces.

It was more of the same in the second set, as Dimitrov continued to give Medvedev all he could handle. But after 10 games, Medvedev managed to grab a commanding 2-0 lead in the match:

The key to the set for Medvedev was all about the first serves. He won the point on 71 percent (17 of 24) of his first serves in the second set, piling up six aces in the process. On the flip side, Dimitrov won just 46 percent (12 of 26) of his first serves for the set while also committing 19 unforced errors.

Dimitrov gave a valiant effort for the first two sets, but as the match surpassed the two-hour mark, he appeared to run out of steam. Medvedev won the third set fairly convincingly as he took four of the first five games.

With the victory, Medvedev's impressive 2019 continues:

He has now won 50 matches this year.

This will mark the first career Grand Slam final appearance for the 23-year-old—and he becomes the first Russian to reach this stage at a major tournament in more than a decade:

He had never advanced beyond the fourth round at a major tournament prior to this run, and last year's third-round finish was his previous best at the U.S. Open.

No. 2 Rafael Nadal def. No. 24 Matteo Berrettini, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4, 6-1

Berrettini proved to be a formidable foe in the first set, but ultimately, he was no match for Nadal.

The two went back and forth throughout the opening set, one that took a whopping 73 minutes. While it appeared as though Berrettini may be on the verge of stealing the first set, Nadal managed to prevail:

And from that point on, the momentum was clearly in his favor.

Nadal needed just 82 minutes to capture the final two sets. That was made possible due to his dominance on serves. Though Berrettini held the edge in aces (9-4), Nadal took the point on an incredible 90 percent (37 of 41) of his first serves.

Not to be overshadowed, he also won 74 percent (25 of 34) of his second-serve points.

As a result, the 33-year-old is on to his 27th career Grand Slam final.

It marks his third major final of the year, with the lone exception coming at Wimbledon. He was the runner-up at the Australian Open in January and won the French Open in June. 

Nadal has 18 Grand Slam titles on his resume. A win on Sunday would move him to within one of Roger Federer (20) for the most men's singles Grand Slam titles of all time.

He is 3-1 in his career in U.S. Open finals, with his lone loss coming to Novak Djokovic in 2011.

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