Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Nadal retires to send Del Potro into U.S. Open final

Will Djokovic win the US Open for a third time Will Djokovic win the US Open for a third time
Edward Snyder | 11 September, 2018, 05:14

I said too my box immediately that I felt something on the knee.

"That was not a tennis match at the end, no?"

"This year have been a fantastic year until this moment", said Nadal.

But his 10 career wins over number one-ranked players are the most by any player never to hold the number one ranking - and further proof, Djokovic said, that Del Potro is among the elite.

At the next changeover, though, Nadal pulled off the tape.

Djokovic broke Nishikori's next serve and, with Nishikori unable to break any of the Serbian's serves, the second set went to Djokovic's name at 6-4. At one juncture, he approached the chair umpire to complain about a late call from a line judge and mentioned in passing that he was going to have to quit. Nadal said. "It was just one player playing, the other one staying on the other side of the court".

Nishikori has enough about him to make this a competitive affair and we should see plenty of long rallies, but if Djokovic plays to his best then there will only be one victor.

Perhaps it's because del Potro was sandbagging.

Del Potro won his only Slam at the tournament in 2009, memorably defeating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer back-to-back to achieve the goal. He couldn't defend his title in 2010 with a wrist injury, that would go on to require four surgeries, change his style of play, make him nearly give up the sport and define his career for the next eight years.

"It means a lot to be back in the final", added Del Potro after his sixth win over Nadal, all on hard court. "I didn't expect to get [to] another grand slam final".




Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory following his men´s singles semi-final match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Day Twelve of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2018. They were meeting in the second semifinal Friday night.

And, speaking after the match Djokovic revealed he was a huge fan of the Argentine.

All four players have reached the U.S. Open final - only Nishikori hasn't won it. Thus both Djokovic and del Potro have room for improvement coming into the final.

Who needs Bob anyway? "Novak has won Wimbledon already".

On Sunday, he will face his biggest test this U.S. Open. He was also made to work hard for his Round of 16 win over Karen Khachanov that came in four sets on a similarly energy-sapping evening in the city.

Kubot and Melo, seeded seventh, were trying to win their second major together, having won Wimbledon in 2017. He endured multiple wrist operations after he won the Open in 2009, but he is finally getting back to his form of almost a decade ago.

Women's semifinals: No. 17 Serena Williams beat No. 19 Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-0; No. 20 Naomi Osaka beat No. 14 Madison Keys 6-2, 6-4.

Osorio Serrano converted on four of seven break-point opportunities.

Del Potro may be the higher seeded player at No 3, but Djokovic, the No 6 seed, is the favourite to be the victor in NY.

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