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US Open 2018: Djokovic to face Potro in final

US Open 2018: Djokovic to face Potro in final

Djokovic broke Nishikori's next serve and, with Nishikori unable to break any of the Serbian's serves, the second set went to Djokovic's name at 6-4.

The friends who have come to NY from his home town of Tandil and been so vocal in their support played an important role in keeping Del Potro believing that things would one day be better.

Djokovic looked imperious from the outset as he dictated the running from the back of the court and remained in total control throughout.

Still, he retains the No. 1 ranking no matter if Del Potro or the Novak Djokovic-Kei Nishikori semifinal victor lifts the U.S. Open trophy Sunday.

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.

The 31-year-old moved to within one Grand Slam triumph of American great Sampras by winning Wimbledon in July, his first major triumph since the 2016 French Open. "So I'm sad for him".

"From my experience, and I can only talk about myself", Djokovic said, "this has been definitely the toughest U.S. Open in the last, you know, 10 years that I have played in in terms of conditions".

"I'm here now", he said after advancing when defending champion Rafael Nadal quit after two sets in their semifinal because of right knee tendinitis.

But del Potro was on fumes by then after winning his own memorable five-setter against Thiem in the fourth round and beating Roger Federer in the quarter-finals.

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Nadal suffered a recurrence of his persistent knee injuries during a gruelling third round victory against Karen Khachanov and the problem became worse during the first set on Friday.

Del Potro will face either Serbia's Novak Djokovic or Japan's Kei Nishikori in the final.

The last time the Argentine world number three had beaten Nadal in a major was at this stage of the 2009 US Open. Yeah, I mean, I think I have two finals won and five losses.

Nadal continued but, after Del Potro won the second set to lead 7-6 (7/3) 6-2, Nadal had one last chat with the trainer, shook his head and offered his hand to his opponent.

Feel the pain: Rafael Nadal courtside suffering from a right knee injury. "There were moments when I couldn't keep up with (Djokovic's) level and get my feet moving".

"I didn't know if I will be a tennis player again or not". So Mike paired with Sock and they won Wimbledon in just their second event together. "Help me make sure she sees it!"

"I feel that I fought all my career against these kind of things too", added the 32-year-old, who has missed at least eight Grand Slams due to injury since his major debut at Wimbledon in 2003.

If Djokovic is truly back to somewhere near his best then the chance to win big titles may be about to become very hard again.

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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