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US Open: Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro set for Final

US Open 2018 results: Juan Martin del Potro advances to finals after Rafael Nadal retires US Open: Rafael Nadal retires from semi-final, Juan Martin del Potro progresses
Domingo Copeland | 11 September, 2018, 05:16

However, one stat that doesn't bode well in Djokovic's favour is his record in NY when facing an opponent for the first time in the final.

He had his right knee taped during a long third-round match against Karen Khachanov and had survived a brutally physical encounter with Dominic Thiem in the last eight.

Grimacing with every sudden move, the 17-time grand slam victor called for the trainer during the changeover on serve at 2-1 in the second. "I'm sad for him".

"I didn't expect to get this kind of emotions playing tennis again".

"I am having two great years so I just have to enjoy the moments". But no, it was not the day. When you play tournaments like this, when you have a day off during matches, it's very important to put your body in rest and do the treatments in the good way.

"That was not a tennis match at the end, no?"

'It's definitely one of my favourite tournaments to play because of the conditions and because of the fact that I've played so well in each year that I keep on coming back to the US Open.

There were other issues for him, too, including in the third set when, ahead by a break, he was called by the chair umpire for allowing the 25-second serve clock, making its Grand Slam debut at this tournament, run out on back-to-back points.

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"I was putting constantly pressure on him, trying to move him around the court, take away the rhythm from him, not give him the same look always". It's inspiring, actually. I don't think a lot of people really know how bad it was.

"We have never played in the final of a Grand Slam and he's playing the tennis of his life, without a doubt, in the last 15 months", said the Serb. "I had my biggest memories on the tennis court playing on this court ... but I was a kid". It is a similar thing to always so it is about good treatment.

"I can not compare the knee with other times as the pain is always very similar. This time it was a little bit more aggressive with my movement", Nadal added. I have tremendous respect for him as a person and a player. "I know how I have to work to be better as soon as possible".

The 31-year-old roared back into the spotlight when he ended a 54-week title drought in style by securing his 13th career Grand Slam title in July with a performance that suggested he has plenty of majors left in him.

The 32-year-old, who has only lost two other matches all season, said: "It's not about losing". Is about don't have the chance to fight for it.

Familiar rivalries will be renewed in the US Open men's semi-finals on Friday as Rafael Nadal meets Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic takes on Kei Nishikori. Nadal has 17, including three at the U.S. Open, and Djokovic could tie Pete Sampras for third all-time with 14 if he wins his third at Flushing Meadows.

Alec Baldwin of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" was seen cheering during the men's semifinals, along with other celebrities such as actor Chevy Chase (with his original "Caddyshack" hat) and four-time Grand Slam victor Manolo Santana.

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