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US Open: Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro set for Final

US Open 2018 results: Juan Martin del Potro advances to finals after Rafael Nadal retires US Open: Rafael Nadal retires from semi-final, Juan Martin del Potro progresses
Jennie Wade | 10 September, 2018, 18:57

It is the second time this year Nadal has been unable to finish a Grand Slam match having also retired during his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic after damaging a hip muscle.

Del Potro will now face Djokovic, the 2011 and 2015 victor, who reached his eighth final at the tournament and 23rd of his Grand Slam career with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 stroll past Japan's Kei Nishikori.

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. For him will be huge if he's able to win again a Grand Slam.

"I don't know what can happen in a couple of days or a couple of weeks".

Meanwhile, Djokovic needed just two hours and 22 minutes to dismiss Nishikori, seeded 21st, as he increased his head-to-head record over him to 15-2. That shows the quality that he has, especially in the big matches. He's a big-match player. Djokovic regained the physical strength and confidence necessary to play at tennis's top level and won Wimbledon last month, ousting Kevin Anderson in the final.

That included nearly five hours to defeat Dominic Thiem in an epic quarter-final which stretched into the early hours of Wednesday morning.

That effort took its toll with the Spaniard twice needing to have his right knee bandaged before calling it a day after the conclusion of the second set.

"Of course it's not the best way to win a match. Serve, return, groundstrokes - he was playing aggressive and I didn't have much energy to stay with him". "I think the key to the match was the first set".

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Next up is a mouth-watering clash against Argentine third seed Juan Martin del Potro and should Djokovic bag a third NY crown, he would join 14-times Grand Slam victor Pete Sampras in third on the all-time list, trailing only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17). Del Potro won the finals in 2009, while Djokovic was the champion in 2011 and 2015.

He broke again for 5-2 on his way to a two-set lead and eventual victory.

As Juan Martin Del Potro cracked a forehand Rafael Nadal stood glued to the court, letting the Argentine's victor whistle past him.

Williams is set to play in her ninth U.S. Open final and 31st at all Grand Slam tournaments a year after she missed the tournament because she gave birth to her daughter, Olympia. "I had my biggest memories on the tennis court playing on this court ... but I was a kid".

"I feel that this tournament, Juan Martin is hitting a little bit bigger off his backhand".

Djokovic is now placed to benefit - and has the chance to match Pete Sampras' mark of 14 Grand Slam titles.

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.

The Serb dominated from the baseline while Nishikori's cause was undermined by 51 unforced errors.

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