Published: Sat, September 08, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach US Open final

Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach US Open final

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory following his men´s singles semi-final match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Day Twelve of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2018.

Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic in US Open final as Nadal quits with knee injury "I know what I have", he said after limping off Arthur Ashe Stadium having lost two sets to third-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro.

But he is back to his best as he bids for his third title at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam trophy overall.

Nishikori, like Djokovic hindered by injury past year, is also on the upswing as his gritty five-set victory over former champion Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals showed.

He will face Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final.

Nadal, who had never before retired from a U.S. Open match, showed signs of distress nearly from the start as he limped noticeably after a grueling 69-minute opening set.

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The key to his semi-final, del Potro said, was the first set, which dragged on for more than an hour.

One of the greatest players of all time, the one chink in the Spaniard's armour has always been his knees with injuries plaguing him throughout his career. So I don't know what can happen in a couple of days or in a couple of weeks.

"I don't like to see him suffering like today".

"At the same time, on the other hand, I am going to keep going and keep working hard to keep having opportunities".

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

"The problem is this time it was something a little bit more aggressive because it was in one movement".

It was the second time this year that the world number one has retired from a slam as he also quit during his quarter-final against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in January.

Del Potro's game couldn't be much more different and Djokovic will have to come up with the answers to the huge firepower at the Argentine's disposal.

"That's frustrating. Can't tell you another thing".

He holds a 14-4 career record over del Potro, and has won six of their last seven matches dating to the 2013 Wimbledon semi-final, which Djokovic won in five tough sets.

'Umpire should give Nick Kyrgios warning for unsportsmanlike behaviour because he is not trying and it's bad for the sport but no chances chair umpire can go down and have a discussion with one of the players. Two of them I had to retired. "I know the things are going the right way". "Last year was a fantastic year. Especially after coming from injury, I'm enjoying this challenge". "All my career everybody said that because of my style, I will have a short career", he noted. "Two of them I had to retire". Now I'm much older.

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