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Djokovic: Del Potro has a big game

Rafael Nadal agrees with Serena Williams 'Now wins are more special' US Open 2018 results: Juan Martin del Potro advances to finals after Rafael Nadal retires
Jan Ortega | 11 September, 2018, 02:19

"Especially the top players, they always try to set their own form, so to say, around the Grand Slams because that's where they want to play their best".

Federer's run was ended the next year by del Potro for the Argentine's only major title.

Everyone who follows tennis is familiar with the dramatic story of del Potro's career.

His previous two have also come at the US Open, and on one of those occasions (2014) he defeated Djokovic in four sets so he will be aiming for a repeat of that performance.

Nadal leads the series 11-5, though del Potro routed him in straight sets in the 2009 semi-finals.

RAFAEL NADAL: The knee is always very similar.

His victory over Dominic Thiem reminded him of Wimbledon, where he outlasted Juan Martin del Potro in five sets in the quarter-finals before Novak Djokovic edged him in a 10-8 fifth set in the next round.

Nadal appeared to be having trouble with his right knee and even pointed to it while explaining to Del Potro his reason for retiring. And while he still had the devastating forehand that's been one of tennis' signature shots and carried him to the 2009 title, repeated wrist injuries had made him one dimensional on the backhand side. I didn't expect to get these kind of emotions playing tennis again. Reaching finals, winning titles, having my highest ranking ever in this moment.

Del Potro, 29, is in his second U.S. Open final nine years after reaching his first. "That is all", Nadal said in a post-match press conference.

The men's semifinals in Arthur Ashe Stadium are enticing matchups: No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs.

"I think it was two-all in the first, 15-love, something like this in the first set, that I felt (something)", said Nadal.

The 31-year-old Serb, clearly enjoying the fruits of his labour, delivered a comprehensive performance against Nishikori as he served impeccably, was solid with his returns and dominated from the back of the court.

This regrouping, mentally and physically, is what tilted the balance as he let out a loud "Vamos" after winning the 69-minute long first set. "I was a kid then and now I'm much older". You could imagine [it was] very hard for me to say goodbye before the match finished. Six months off you are back.' I know what I have to do to be better as soon as possible.

He said: "Well, I personally like him very much, not just as a player but as a person".

Nadal already had the admiration of tennis fans for his relentless approach and unyielding competitive spirit. Del Potro, like Wawrinka, can become a unsafe opponent if he builds up some momentum and can draw the match into becoming a slug-fest from the baseline.

He said: "The worst moment was in 2015 when I was close to quitting this sport because I couldn't find a way to fix my wrist problems".

"Well, you see the friends who came to watch me?" "I was suffering a lot".

In 2010 he said an early goodbye in Australia at the hands of Andy Murray because of his right knee, while tendinitis again kept him from the London 2012 Olympic Games and he did not return until 2013.

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