Robert Deutsch, USA Today Sports. Pictured: Rafa Nadal.
- The US Open Men's Semifinals take place on Friday night on ESPN.
- Rafa Nadal is a -165 favorite against Juan Martin del Potro in the first match of the night.
- Novak Djokovic is a -525 favorite over Kei Nishikori in the second contest.
It’s the penultimate night of the US Open for the men’s side as both semifinals will take place under the lights at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, Queens.
The first match of the day features defending champion Rafa Nadal vs. “The Tower of Tandil” Juan Martin del Potro. That tilt is slated to begin at 4 p.m. ET with the Novak Djokovic vs. Kei Nishikori closing the show.
The Nadal-Del Potro match is the clear headliner, so let’s dive into Kei vs. Djoker first.
Novak Djokovic (-525) vs. Kei Nishikori (+405)
I got Djokovic in this one and I think the Serb will take care of business in three sets. With the way he’s been going, it’s not implausible that Djoker will lose his cool — and shortly thereafter the set — against a player like Nishikori but I don’t think the Japanese star will serve well enough to win this one.