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Rafael Nadal beat Diego Schwartzman in three sets (Image: GETTY)

Rafael Nadal is through to the US Open semi-finals but he was pushed all the way by Diego Schwartzman.

In the first set, Nadal raced into a 4-0 double break lead but the little Argentine rocked the Spaniard to win four games in a row and get back on serve.

However, Nadal regained his composure to break Schwartzman in the tenth game of the set to win it 6-4 and then blasted into a 5-1 lead in the second set.

But just like the first set, Nadal lost his double break lead before breaking Schwartzman to win the set 7-5 and in the third set, the 18-time Grand Slam champion overpowered the 20th seed to seal his place in the last four and a match against Matteo Berrettini.

RAFAEL NADAL VS DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN AS IT HAPPENED

THIRD SET (*denotes server)

NADAL 6-4 7-5 6-2 SCHWARTZMAN*

Nadal forehand into the net, 15-all. Big Nadal forehand draws the error from Schwartzman.

Match point. Schwartzman backhand into the net GAME. SET. MATCH NADAL.

*NADAL 6-4 7-5 5-2 SCHWARTZMAN

Nadal holds to love. Just a game away now.

NADAL 6-4 7-5 4-2 SCHWARTZMAN*

Nadal backhand winner, 0-40. Nadal rifles a backhand up the line and he breaks when Schwartzman’s lob goes wide. Big moment.

*NADAL 6-4 7-5 3-2 SCHWARTZMAN

Unbelievable forehand winner from Nadal, 30-15. Nadal holds when Schwartzman’s lob goes wide. Trainer comes back out again. Seems like he is struggling with cramp in his elbow.

NADAL 6-4 7-5 2-2 SCHWARTZMAN*

Nadal has treatment on his left forehand from the trainer. But no medical time out is taken so he comes back out to play.

Schwartzman holds to 15. 

*NADAL 6-4 7-5 2-1 SCHWARTZMAN

Routine hold for Nadal. But he calls for the trainer after winning the game.

NADAL 6-4 7-5 1-1 SCHWARTZMAN*

Nadal’s forehand flies wide, 40-30. 109mph ace from Schwartzman to hold.

*NADAL 6-4 7-5 1-0 SCHWARTZMAN

Nadal nets a forehand, deuce. But Nadal sees out the danger to hold.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal won the first set 6-4 (Image: GETTY)

SECOND SET

NADAL 6-4 7-5 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman double fault, 0-30. Nadal forehand winner, 0-40. Back-to-back Nadal forehands go wide, 30-40.

But Schwartzman nets a forehand to gift the set to Nadal. Mountain to climb now.

*NADAL 6-4 6-5 SCHWARTZMAN

Nadal stops the bleeding to hold serve again. Can Schwartzman take the set to a tiebreak?

NADAL 6-4 5-5 SCHWARTZMAN*

Brilliant from Diego Schwartzman. Amid the pressure he puts the hammer down and holds to love. Back level in this set.

*NADAL 6-4 5-4 SCHWARTZMAN

Nadal forehand long, 30-40. Schwartzman couldn’t do it again could he? HE DOES! Nadal pushes Schwartzman wide with a forehand but the Argentine’s cross court pass is too much for Nadal, who messes up the volley. Back on serve again!

NADAL 6-4 5-3 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman holds to love. Can he break Nadal again?

*NADAL 6-4 5-2 SCHWARTZMAN

Diego Schwartzman take a bow. Incredible hustle, speed and defence to stun Nadal with a forehand winner. But all that for just 15-all.

Nadal double fault, 30-40. Big chance for Schwartzman but he puts his backhand wide. Second break point after a nice angled volley from Schwartzman.

And he does break with a thunderous 83mph forehand down the line. WOW.

NADAL 6-4 5-1 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman coming under sustained attack from Nadal. Nadal forehand winner, 15-40.

And Nadal hits a vintage forehand winner up the line to get the double break. Don’t think he will lose this double break.

*NADAL 6-4 4-1 SCHWARTZMAN

Schwartzman break point after Nadal’s forehand goes wide. Nadal ace, his third of the match. Deuce.

And a fourth ace allowed Nadal to hold.

NADAL 6-4 3-1 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman double fault, 0-30. But he recovers to 40-30. Schwartzman’s forehand balloons long, deuce. Nice Schwartzman forehand winner. 

Brilliant Nadal backhand down the line, break point. And he gets the crucial break after a punishing rally ends with a smash winner.

*NADAL 6-4 2-1 SCHWARTZMAN

Normal service resumed for Nadal on serve after the wobble in the first set. Still on serve.

NADAL 6-4 1-1 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman forehand winner, 40-15. And he holds with Nadal’s backhand is wide.

*NADAL 6-4 1-0 SCHWARTZMAN

Big Nadal serve, 40-0. And he holds with a smash winner.

FIRST SET

NADAL 6-4 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman nets a backhand. Then a backhand volley into the net after a devilish backhand slice from Nadal. 

Schwartzman backhand into the net. Nadal takes the first set after 57 minutes.

*NADAL 5-4 SCHWARTZMAN

Two more break points for Schwartzman. What is happening?! Good Nadal serve down the T. Chance for Schwartzman but he flicks the forehand wide. Deuce.

Touch of genius from Schwartzman to lob Nadal. But Nadal hangs on and lets out a huge ‘come on’. Nadal ends the streak with a crucial hold.

NADAL 4-4 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman holds to 15. We have a match on our hands.

*NADAL 4-3 SCHWARTZMAN

Three break point after some more brilliant tennis from the little Argentine.

He then peppers Nadal’s defences, pushes him out wide and the second seed’s forehand is into the tramlines. Stunning fightback.

NADAL 4-2 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman holds to love with an ace.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is a three-time US Open champion (Image: GETTY)

*NADAL 4-1 SCHWARTZMAN

Nadal runs around his backhand to hit a forehand again but this time into the net, 15-40. Nadal ace. Nadal forehand into the tramlines. Schwartzman gets one of the breaks back.

NADAL 4-0 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman is having to cover so much ground. No way he can cover it all. Nadal backhand long, 15-30.

Break point Nadal when Schwartzman forehand hits the top of the net and drops on his side. Nadal runs around his backhand to fire a cross-court forehand which is too big for the little Argentine. Double break for Nadal.

*NADAL 3-0 SCHWARTZMAN

Nadal consolidates the break to 15. Ominous opening by the Spaniard.

NADAL 2-0 SCHWARTZMAN*

Schwartzman nets a service box forehand, break point Nadal. Oh wow. Nadal nets a mid-court forehand when he looked all but certain to win the point.

Schwartzman nets a forehand, second break point. Saved with a backhand winner. But he then nets a forehand. Third break point. Nadal forehand long.

Schwartzman nets a volley, fourth break point. Schwartzman backhand into the net and Nadal breaks.

*NADAL 1-0 SCHWARTZMAN

A blistering start from Nadal. Hammering the ball already. He holds to love.

02:44: The players are out for the match. Nadal will serve first.

02:35: Around five to ten minutes away from the players coming out. But stay with us!

02:25: It is all over. And Andreescu wins. The Canadian star comes through 3-6 6-2 6-2.

02:10: High-quality scrap between Andreescu and Mertens. Still on serve at 3-3.

01:45: We are into a final set on Arthur Ashe after Andreescu won the second set 6-2. 

01:30: The last men’s quarter-final match will follow the conclusion of Mertens vs Andreescu. The Belgian tennis star is currently up a set with no break as of yet in the second.

01:15: With Roger Federer losing to Grigor Dimitrov, the US Open is now Rafael Nadal’s to lose.

But Dimitrov’s shock win should also stand as a warning to Nadal that nothing is for certain. And Schwartzman will no doubt be hoping to cause an upset of his own in the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

01:00: Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage of Rafael Nadal’s quarter-final clash against Diego Schwartzman at the US Open.



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