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Nadal retires, Del Potro in US Open final

Nadal retires, Del Potro in US Open final

The outcome appeared inevitable and Nadal felt he could not continue after conceding the second set.

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.

Djokovic and Argentine Del Potro, who advanced when Rafael Nadal retired injured from their semi-final, meet in the final on Sunday at 21:00 BST.

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.

"As you can imagine, it's very hard for me to say goodbye before the match finished", Nadal said afterwards, the news outlet reports. "I still here. I still here because I love what I am doing", said Nadal.

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.

Djokovic looked well in command taking the first set before they then settled down to a string of close rallies until he broke again in the fifth game of the second, serving out the frame.

Del Potro, whose own injury troubles have been well-documented, will therefore get a chance to repeat his 2009 triumph in NY.

Del Potro beats Isner and heat to reach U.S. Open semis
Speaking after he had won that fourth set to reach the last four Del Potro spoke about the heat and what he did during the break. Thiem, the ninth seed, is bidding to become the first Austrian to reach the semi-finals of the US Open.

"I had my biggest memories on this court in 2009 when I beat Rafa and Roger (Federer, in the final)".

"I didn't expect to get to another Grand Slam final in my favourite tournament". "I lost four matches".

On Sunday, the powerful Argentine with the massive forehand that zips along at more than 100 miles per hour (160 kph) will face two-time U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic or 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori.

"I came out of the blocks with great intensity and focus", Djokovic said immediately afterwards.

After failing to make much attempt to reach a dropshot he summoned the physio and took a medical timeout at 2-1 down in the second.

However, he was unable to take either and wilted as Djokovic went on to take his second match point with a stunning retrieving backhand down the line.

Del Potro beat Nadal in the last four at Flushing Meadows nine years ago on his way to the title, but had suffered misery in recent contests with the Spaniard, losing three successive slam meetings starting with a defeat at this stage of the 2017 US Open. As was his try for an 18th Grand Slam trophy overall as he tries to catch up to Federer's 20, the record for men. "I know how much frustration (there) can be when you can't do the thing that you want to do", Nadal said. It was just one player playing, the other one staying on the other side of the court.

But six months later he was sidelined by right wrist problems and, having fought back to the top again, then missed the better part of two years when an injury to his left wrist required three operations. Now I'm much older.


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