Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach U.S. Open final
Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach U.S. Open final
Juan Martin del Potro is bidding for a second grand slam title nine years after his first
11 September, 2018, 05:16
Djokovic missed last year's tournament because of a chronic elbow injury that required minor surgery in January.
When Rafael Nadal finally finished a almost five-hour climb into the U.S. Open semi-finals, he thought backward as much as ahead. He has won the past 13 meetings, such a run of dominance that the Japan native didn't recall that he beat Djokovic in Flushing Meadows in the 2014 semi-finals, adding that maybe he should rewatch the match.
Del Potro won the first semi-final earlier in the day after defending champion Rafa Nadal retired with a knee injury in the second set.
WHAT IT MEANS: The US Open will crown a repeat men's champion on Sunday. All four players are past finalists at Flushing Meadows, the first time that's happened at the US Open since 2011.
Rafael Nadal has said injuries are part and parcel of modern tennis, insisting he is far from finished after a knee injury forced him to retire midway during the US Open 2018 semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro on Friday, September 7. Nadal last defeated the Argentine in the quarter-finals of the Wimbledon 2018 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
"[He's] playing very solid everything: serve, return, groundstrokes". In fact, it seemed like long overdue given how well he has played this season, this Slam and even in the first two sets of this match.
Of the now nine grand slams he has played since returning, Del Potro has reached the quarter-finals twice, the semi-finals twice and, at last, another final, where he awaits the victor of Novak Djokovic's clash with Kei Nishikori.
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"Yeah, I waited as much as I can", said Nadal, who played 15 hours, 54 minutes on court in his first five matches, his most ever en route to a Slam semifinal.
That's what I try to do tomorrow, with the ice bath, then massage, then came for hit the ball a little bit also. But the one thing that is agreed upon unanimously is this - no one in the era of "Big Four" deserves Grand Slam glory more than Juan Martin del Potro.
"When you win or when you lose like this", Nadal said, "you come back home with the feeling that you did all the things that you can do". I [had] been suffering a lot. I didn't expect to get these kinds of emotions playing tennis again. What may encourage Djokovic, however, is that del Potro only saved three of those ten, denying Isner on his three break point chances in their quarterfinal.
He said: "The worst moment was in 2015 when I was close to quitting this sport because I couldn't find a way to fix my wrist problems".
Mike Bryan won his record-setting 18th Grand Slam doubles title and his second straight with Jack Sock, beating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 6-1. "I know what is going on with the knee". "So I'm happy just to be a tennis player again". But, you know, hopefully I can get one better in few days'.
Djokovic went into cruise control in the third set, winning four consecutive games from 2-2 to win the match and book his spot in the final.
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They wanted to bounce back after their difficulties at the World Cup . "To do that we've got to improve in every area". Who do you think will win this clash tonight? We've heard it's going to be a sell-out and that's what we want.
He should have won the first set more easily, as he served for the first set at 5-4 and blew two set points with unforced errors. Open match, showed signs of distress nearly from the start as he limped noticeably after a grueling 69-minute opening set.
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So we do the work now, and this is how it is - it is normal that you are not quite at 100 percent in the games". He's very mature for his age, his feet are firmly on the ground and he can be as good as he wants to be".
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Nadal beat del Potro last year in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows, and again this year in the semifinals of the French Open. He hit 19 winners in the fourth set-which was an 81-minute mini-classic all by itself-and won it in a tiebreaker.