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US Open 2018: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic aim for another final in New York

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Former champions Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will bid to set up a 53rd meeting with victories in the US Open semi-finals on Friday.

The pair have met more than any two men in the Open era and could meet for a fourth time in a final in New York.

Spanish defending champion Nadal faces Argentine third seed Juan Martin del Potro in the last four at 21:00 BST as he aims for an 18th Grand Slam title.

Two-time winner Djokovic follows against Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

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Nadal and 2009 US Open champion Del Potro have met twice in Grand Slams this year, at the French Open and Wimbledon, with Nadal winning on both occasions.

But the world number one has spent nearly four hours longer on court than Del Potro at Flushing Meadows, including a gruelling four-hour 49-minute marathon against Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals.

“It will be a very tough one,” three-time US Open winner Nadal said.

“At Wimbledon he’s a great player, he’s a great player everywhere. But the challenge of playing him on hard courts, of course, is even higher for me personally.

“I know that I will have to play at my highest level to keep having chances of success. I am focused on trying to make that happen.”

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