Rafael Nadal injury woes return in sad surrender of US Open crown

Rafael Nadal injury woes return in sad surrender of US Open crown

Rafael Nadal injury woes return in sad surrender of US Open crown

The No. 3 Argentine advanced after defending champion Rafael Nadal retired from Friday's other semifinal with a knee injury.

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

Djokovic looked imperious from the outset as he dictated the running from the back of the court and remained in total control throughout.

Two wins from being the first men's repeat champion at the US Open in a decade, Rafael Nadal meets Juan Martin del Potro in one semi-final.

He was able to compete through the end of the first-set tie-breaker, but in the second set, it was as if del Potro no longer had a real opponent.

When Del Potro takes the court on Sunday he will look to not only end a nine-year Grand Slam title drought but also extend a comeback from when he nearly quit professional tennis three years ago.

Nishikori has enough about him to make this a competitive affair and we should see plenty of long rallies, but if Djokovic plays to his best then there will only be one victor.

Djokovic made the most of the cooler weather with a superb display to stay on course for back-to-back Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic missed last year's tournament because of a chronic elbow injury that required minor surgery in January.

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The No. 1-seeded Nadal has a history of tendinitis in his knees and he said he felt a problem in the right one early in the first set. "That's just a demoralising turn of events for Del Potro", tennis legend John McEnroe said in commentary for ESPN.

The Japanese player's spirit was finally broken and his serve followed, with Djokovic claiming his fourth break with a fist-pumping celebration before serving for the match.

Del Potro awaits the victor of the Kei Nishikori-Novak Djokovic match in the finals. "I'll try to take that in consideration and get myself ready".

Del Potro, a man far too familiar with his body letting him down, was sympathetic but also understandably delighted after ending a nine-year wait to reach a second slam final three years after he thought a wrist injury had ended his career.

Nadal who was hoping to cap a very successful season with another US Open title, came up short in the semi-final, against Del Porto.

High on confidence after his Wimbledon triumph in July, the Serbian will undoubtedly start as the favourite against Del Potro on Sunday. A big challenge, as well, because I've been fighting with many, many problems to get to this moment. I said too my box immediately that I felt something on the knee.

"It means a lot to be back in the final", added Del Potro after his sixth win over Nadal, all on hard court. So Mike paired with Sock and they won Wimbledon in just their second event together. Is maybe an injury that in one week you feel better, is an injury that maybe in six months you don't feel better.

Bryan and Sock, seeded third, are the first team to win consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles since Mike and Bob won four in a row from 2012-13.

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