Djokovic Beats Kei Nishikori To Reach US Open Final

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"But he was always a top five player in the eyes I think of everyone", the two-time champion said. After that, I was just trying to see if it could improve during the match. But no, was not the day. The Spaniard winced and limped in the second set.

"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. You could imagine very hard for me to say good-bye before the match finish. But, you know, hopefully I can get one better in few days'. "If not, I've been playing a great tournament and I will be happy anyway".

Djokovic lost to Del Potro the last time they played at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

"One of the keys of the match will be return, how well can I return, how many returns I can get back in play, but also try to have some depth in that return, and how accurately I can serve myself".

It was shortly after that triumph nine years ago in NY that del Potro's surgery on his dominant right wrist happened. "So I'm sad for him".

Rafael Nadal felt the pain sear into his right knee early in his US Open semifinal, on what he called "a bad movement".

It was the latest setback to his motivation already dealt bodyblows by an elbow injury which forced him to skip last year's US Open and contributed to a last-16 exit at January's Australian Open.

Chronis tendonitis has plagued him throughout his career, but in recent times it appeared that it was controlled. "I was in too much pain", he said. Was not something progressive.

"But I don't know". Is not an injury that tells you six months off, you are back.

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"He's playing better everything".

Nishikori stumbled into a buzzsaw in the shape of Djokovic on Friday, but the Japanese star leaves the US Open pleased with a semi-final run one year after missing the tournament through injury.

When Rafael Nadal finally finished a almost five-hour climb into the U.S. Open semi-finals, he thought backward as much as ahead.

He is 45-4 this season, with half the losses due to injury retirements. He said one day that he flew a group of his closest childhood friends to the U.S. Open so they could finally understand his unique lifestyle. But yes, he is a player who went through a lot of issues during his career, like me, too.

"I just feel like, not only is my future bright, even though I'm not a spring chicken, but I still have a very, very bright future". "I am here fighting for titles, fighting for the first position of the ATP Rankings", he said.

While there was frustration for Nadal, victory for Del Potro saw the Argentinean return to a Grand Slam final for the first time in nine years when he memorably won the US Open aged 20, beating Nadal and Federer on the way.

That sense of possibility was lost to Del Potro for years as he sought in vain for a solution to painful wrist injuries. "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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