Rafael Nadal will now likely require a victory over in-form Stefanos Tsitsipas on Friday to reach the semi-finals. The Greek booked his place in the last four by thrashing Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-2 latter.
The Spaniard, who took his major haul to 19 this year, has a patchy record at the tournament. He has never won the title, appeared only eight times despite qualifying on 15 occasions and on his last visit, in 2017, withdrew injured.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have competed against each other on the tennis court many times, but on Friday they were seen competing to get into the ear of Fabio Fognini - who was playing for Team Europe against Team World in the Laver Cup.
Rafael Nadal will play his third Grand Slam final of the year when he faces the in-form South African Kevin Anderson at the Arthur Ashe stadium on Sunday. He will look to clinch his third US Open title and 16th Grand Slam title of the career.
Wimbledon 2017 is all set to commence from July 3. Where Andy Murray is the defending champion, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal are strong contenders. Federer and Djokovic have won thrice in the last 10 editions.