Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

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

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Domingo Copeland | 08 September, 2018, 08:55

Nadal suffered problems with his right knee during his third-round win over Russian Karen Khachanov but insisted it was not a major issue and subsequently won gruelling matches against Nikoloz Basilashvili and Dominic Thiem.

Nadal said he didn't know what kind of effects might have been lingering from his quarterfinal victory over Dominic Thiem, which lasted five sets and almost five hours.

Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his US Open semifinal, on what he called "a bad movement".

"It was very hard to say goodbye before the match has finished", said Nadal, who also retired from Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic in January.

The US Open men's semi-finals take place tonight in NY, and returning to preview the two matches, is our tennis columnist, Dan Weston. "Like thousands of other tennis players around the world I'm trying to be the best I can be".

Third seed Del Potro, the champion in 2009, was 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 ahead when Nadal retired.

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin del Potro? . But at the same time I have to keep going and working hard to get more opportunities.

Following these, Nishikori and Djokovic meet in the second men's semi-final tonight, which will start not before 2300 United Kingdom time, although in all likelihood, quite a bit later.

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"We've never faced each other in a Grand Slam final so that will be something new for both of us", Djokovic said. In the last three years, the Serb is 10-0 against Nishikori, dropping just three sets out of 25 in the process - it will take a considerable swing in head to head momentum for this match to produce a shock.

Nadal recovered in typically gutsy fashion, but took a medical timeout at the end of the game for more treatment and it soon became clear he was in major trouble.

The world number one had been targeting a fourth US Open title, but instead it's Del Potro who is eyeing his second after winning the title back in 2009. He was visited by a trainer at the changeover after the match's seventh game and tape was applied below the joint.

"I love to play against Rafa because he's the biggest fighter in the sport", Del Potro said.

While an nearly five hour quarter-final victory over Dominic Thiem, it would be fair to state concerns over the winning player in their subsequent match, but the quirks of the US Open schedule mean that the Spaniard will have had nearly 72 hours to recover from these exertions - virtually unheard of recovery time in the latter stages of professional tennis tournaments.

Djokovic missed the tournament a year ago because of an injured right elbow that eventually required surgery.

Still, he retains the No. 1 ranking no matter if del Potro or Djokovic lifts the U.S. Open trophy Sunday.

Those pals helped del Potro get through the toughest times, as he would need to repeatedly return to have surgery. They are the first pair to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year since Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge in 2003.

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