Del Potro reaches final after Nadal forced to quit

Justin GreeneSep 08, 2018

"Just one player playing, the other staying on one side of the court", Nadal said. But at some point you have to take a decision.

In the sixth game of the second set, he argued with umpire James Keothavong over a line call, telling the British official: "It's all right, i'm going to retire, but you were not right on this one".

But Del Potro is under no illusions as to who the favourite is.

"That was not a tennis match at the end".

As del Potro continued slamming serves at faster than 130 miles per hour (210 kph), whipping that trademark forehand, and even making hay with his much-improved two-handed backhand, Nadal offered less and less resistance.

All four players have reached the U.S. Open final - only Nishikori hasn't won it - to make this the first Grand Slam final four since the 2012 Australian Open in which all four players were past finalists. "I love to play against Rafa because he is the biggest fighter in the sport", Del Potro said.

On men's semifinal day at the US Open on Friday, Novak Djokovic, the No. 6 seed, made his second consecutive major final with a convincing straight-sets performance against Kei Nishikori.

The main issue for Nishikori in these recent head to head meetings has been on serve, with him winning a mere 54.8% of service points against Djokovic in the last three years, which converts to a 64.0% service hold percentage, and such numbers aptly illustrate why he's had such difficulties against the former world number one in the last few years.

He added that he was still pleased to be doing what he is doing after a career which has seen so many ailments: 'I am very competitive at the age of 32.

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin del Potro? .

Nadal's level dropped significantly in the second set, unable to move like he would have wanted and facing no less than nine break points to get broken in games four and eight to drop the set 6-2 before he was forced to retire.

"The problem is this time it was something a little bit more aggressive because it was in one movement". "I know the things are going the right way".

Juan Martin del Potro is through to his second career Grand Slam final and first since 2009.

"Is not an injury that tells you six months off, you are back". I know how tough is this thing. I am enjoying on court. I am having a lot of success. "I think the key of the match was the first set".

"All my career everybody say that because of my style, I will have a short career".

"We've never faced each other in a Grand Slam final so that will be something new for both of us", Djokovic said. The two that preceded the Wimbledon classic were easier victories, a semifinal rout en route to the French Open title and a four-set victory in last year's U.S. Open semifinals, when Nadal dominated the last three sets. "I had my biggest memories on the tennis court playing on this court ... but I was a kid".

"I waited as much as I can".

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