Rafael Nadal, on a seeming collision course to meet Roger Federer in the final of the US Open, was stopped by rain on Thursday night when his match against Fernando Gonzalez of Chile was halted with the Spaniard leading 7-6(4), 6-6(3-2) in the second-set tiebreak in the quarterfinals.
“Our goal is to get the match completed,” US Open tournament referee Brian Earley said in a stunning news development.
The winner advances to play No. 6 seed Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinals after the Argentine beat Croat Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1. Cilic made 53 unforced errors to 24 for Del Potro.
“Everything,” Del Potro said when asked why he liked the US Open so much. “The stadium, the crowds, the people, the city, everything. It’s so lovely.”
Five-time defending champ Roger Federer and No. 4 seed Novak Djokovic will meet in the other men’s semifinal.
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