Djokovic tops Nishikori for 8th US Open final

08 September, 2018, 11:00 | Author: Judy Cobb
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But he was walking with a hitch in his step and had the trainer out to retape the knee early in the second set. Del Potro had a 7-6 (3), 6-2 lead.

"I said to my box immediately that I felt something on the knee", Nadal said. But no, was not the day.

The lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium were on for the start of Nadal vs. del Potro, and they engaged in some terrific shotmaking during the first set. The Spaniard winced and limped in the second set. He had spent 15 hours 54 minutes on court leading up to the semi, and a big chunk of that came in his epic late-night quarter-final win over Dominic Thiem, which lasted four hours 49 minutes and ended shortly after 2am Wednesday. "You could imagine very hard for me to say goodbye before the match finish". I going to keep fighting and working hard to keep enjoying this tour and keep having chances to compete at the highest level.

"That was not a tennis match at the end". Nadal said. "It was just one player playing, the other one staying on the other side of the court".

Del Potro's take: "I like to play always with the number one of the world - doesn't matter the tournament or the conditions or the weather".

But first, he will have to defeat Del Potro, who represents a stiffer test for Djokovic than Nishikori. I got depressed for couple of months also, "Del Potro said".

"I don't like to see him suffering like today". He pulled out during an Australian Open quarterfinal with an upper right leg injury against Marin Cilic in January.

"This year have been a fantastic year until this moment", said Nadal. Tendonitis has dogged him. Djokovic, another player whose recent injury cost him time at the top of the tennis pyramid, won Wimbledon this year and is rounding into his elite form again.

"The problem is this time it was something a little bit more aggressive because it was in one movement". Was not something progressive. "I know how tough is this thing". "I know what is going on with the knee".

Both former champions in New York, Djokovic will be looking to deny the Argentine a second title after he went all the way in 2009. Nadal is the first man to retire from a semifinal or final at the U.S. Open since the professional era began in 1968.

He is 45-4 this season, with half the losses being injury retirements. I am playing well.

"I'm having two great years".

"I think that's very important".

"All my career everybody say that because of my style, I will have a short career".

Rafael Nadal tried to put a courageous face on it but the defending US Open champion could not hide his frustration after yet another physical setback denied him the chance to add to his haul of Grand Slam titles.

With six years on the 37-year-old Swiss, speculation would no doubt mount as to whether 31-year-old Djokovic - who looks fit, healthy and motivated after a lengthy lay-off with an elbow injury - could even surpass his 20 major haul. Djokovic faced only two break points, both in the second, and erased them both.

"I didn't expect to get this kind of emotions playing tennis again. I was a kid then; now I am much older".

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