Monday, 24 September, 2018

Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach U.S. Open final

Juan Martin del Potro’s friends cheer from a suite box at the U.S. Open Juan Martin del Potro’s friends cheer from a suite box at the U.S. Open
| 11 September, 2018, 05:13

He will play sixth-seeded Novak Djokovic, who beat 21st-seeded Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, in the other semi-final.

The Japanese player's spirit was finally broken and his serve followed, with Djokovic claiming his fourth break with a fist-pumping celebration before serving for the match. But he took a medical time-out after three games of the second set and, as he limped around the court, it became increasingly clear that he was in serious trouble.

NOVAK Djokovic, the two-time champion, will face 2009 victor Juan Martin del Potro for the US Open title on Sunday (Monday AEST).

For the 31-year-old Djokovic, victory on Sunday would represent a second Slam in succession after his Wimbledon triumph and 14th in a remarkable career.

I hate to retired, but stay one more set out there playing like this will be too much for me.

In his lengthy efforts to fully recover from his wrist injuries, del Potro almost gave up tennis in 2015.

He said: "It could be another big battle, as the Wimbledon match was".

"I mean, he's a gentle giant".


"Maybe if he wasn't Novak I might have had a chance, but he was playing great tennis today". Reaching finals, winning titles, having my highest ranking ever in this moment.

Nishikori began the third set with a confident hold of serve but the 28-year-old made four unforced errors in his next service game to set Djokovic on the road to victory. In 2017, Nadal won his first Slams in three years (the French and U.S. Opens), then won his 11th French Open this year.

The world number one had headed into the tie after a marathon quarter-final tie against Dominic Thiem, who pushed the Spaniard to the limits on a humid night in NY. "This time it was a little bit more aggressive with my movement", said Nadal. 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. His knee was also taped in the first set.

"I waited as much as I can".

"I personally like him very much, not just as a player but as a person". Young, Verdasco, Coric and Nadal took every break point they created against the Argentine. It was so hard to keep playing that way. It was so hard for me to keep playing that way, having so much pain.

Nadal already had the admiration of tennis fans for his relentless approach and unyielding competitive spirit.

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". But Nadal was so distraught after he pulled out of the match that he had difficulty saying he was pleased to see del Potro advance.

"All my career everybody say that because of my style, I will have a short career", said Nadal. I will not lie you. Commenting on how he tries to stay injury-free, the Argentinian said: 'I spend a lot of hours doing treatments on my wrist, on all my body. "I don't know. I would give slight advantage to Rafa, but I feel it's going to be a great match".

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