September 7, 2018 / 4:14 AM / 14 days ago

Rafa Nadal: player profile

(Reuters) - Form guide for Spain’s Rafa Nadal ahead of his U.S. Open semi-final clash against Juan Martin del Potro on Friday (prefix number denotes seeding):

Sept 4 2018; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after beating Dominic Thiem of Austria in a quarterfinal match on day nine of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

1-Rafa Nadal

Age: 32

Height: 1.85 meters

Plays: Left handed

ATP ranking: 1

Grand Slam titles: 17 (Australian Open: 2009; French Open: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018; Wimbledon: 2008, 2010; U.S. Open: 2010, 2013, 2017)

Nadal arrived in New York for his title defense after another successful season, having lifted five titles including a record-extending 11th French Open crown.

After two comfortable victories, the 32-year-old spent more than seven and a half hours putting away big-hitting opponents Karen Khachanov and Nikoloz Basilashvili.

In the quarter-finals, Nadal failed to win a single game in the opening set against Dominic Thiem but roared back to claim a five-set thriller.

The three-times champion will next face Juan Martin del Potro in a repeat of last year’s semi-final when the Spaniard won in four sets.

ROAD TO SEMI-FINALS

First round: beat David Ferrer (Spain) 6-3 3-4 Ferrer retired

Second round: beat Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-3 6-4 6-2

Third Round: beat 27-Karen Khachanov (Russia) 5-7 7-5 7-6(7) 7-6(3)

Fourth Round: beat Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 6-3 6-3 6-7(6) 6-4

Quarter-finals: beat 9-Dominic Thiem (Austria) 0-6 6-4 7-5 6-7(4) 7-6(5)

Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru

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