14 Sep 2009

Del Potro stuns Nadal to make first slam final

9:19 am on 14 September 2009

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro bludgeoned Rafael Nadal in straight sets at the U.S. Open on reach his first grand-slam tennis final.

The sixth seed overpowered the Spaniard in two hours, 20 minutes of outstanding hitting to set up a final against either five-times champion Roger Federer or fourth seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia.

The very tall 20-year-old says he's close to his dream of winning his favourite tournament.

Nadal went into the match struggling with a right abdominal injury and his service speed was clearly down, allowing Del Potro to be aggressive on his returns, winning all three sets 6-2.