Nadal retires from match, del Potro back in U.S. Open final

Nadal retires from match, del Potro back in U.S. Open final

Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the final of the US Open after world No.1 Rafael Nadal retired with a knee injury during the semi-final on Friday.

Novak Djokovic reached his eighth U.S. Open final by beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

"I couldn't find a way to fix my wrist problems. But hopefully I can get one better". "But I think that is completely in the past".

"A year ago I was fighting for my life in the hospital after I had the baby", Williams said.

Del Potro will be playing in just his second final at the majors. "Then he decide to stop", Del Potro said.

Three wrist surgeries caused him to miss 10 Grand Slam events and by the end of 2015, his world ranking had plummeted to 581.

When he returned, he had to rebuild his backhand, first by relying exclusively on a slice, and only recently able to strike meaningful two-handed shots with confidence. A big challenge, as well, because I've been fighting with many, many problems to get to this moment.

"I think it was 2-all in the first, 15-love, something like this in the first set, that I felt [something]", said Nadal.

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He has slowly made his way back in 2018, gradually gaining confidence with a quarter-final run at Wimbledon and his last-four appearance here.

"It absolutely gives me empathy". "Maybe if he wasn't Novak, I might have [a] chance to play little better. So I'm happy just to be a tennis player again". "Every time I step out on this court I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to play this sport".

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. Two more breaks in the third finished off the semifinal.

Del Potro, a man far too familiar with his body letting him down, was sympathetic but also understandably delighted after ending a nine-year wait to reach a second slam final three years after he thought a wrist injury had ended his career. Now I'm much older. 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.

"He was always a top five player in the eyes, I think, of everyone. But because he plays so fast he makes me more alert from the first point because I know I have to be at my best in order to compete with him from the baseline".

Juan Martin del Potro is advancing to the US Open final for the first time since winning the tournament in 2009.

On a close call, Nadal argued with the chair umpire James Keothavong, first saying that it didn't matter because he "was going to retire anyway". The No. 3-seeded Argentinian defeated Rafael Nadal by retirement in the US Open semifinal on Friday after going up two sets to none.

Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, reacts after winning the first set against Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in NY.

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