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Del Potro through to final as injured Nadal retires

Tennis'Dear friends Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro set for US Final US Open 2018 results: Juan Martin del Potro advances to finals after Rafael Nadal retires
Eugene Bates | 11 September, 2018, 05:15

Djokovic missed the tournament past year because of an injured right elbow that eventually required surgery. Either del Potro or Djokovic will add to their Flushing Meadows trophy haul, and it should be an epic as both players will have plenty in the tank after relatively straightforward semifinal victories.

It was a second underwhelming contest on Arthur Ashe after Rafael Nadal was forced to retire injured following the second set of his last-four clash against Juan Martin Del Potro.

Del Potro lost almost two years, undergoing three operations and fearing his career was finished.

Whether he beats Novak Djokovic on Sunday to claim his second grand slam title or not, Juan Martin del Potro will still consider himself a victor. Del Potro was sympathetic, but he could not hide a beaming smile.

Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the U.S. Open final when Rafael Nadal retired after the second set with a right knee injury.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens could not repeat her dream performance from a year ago, but she gave it her all.

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. In fact, it seemed like long overdue given how well he has played this season, this Slam and even in the first two sets of this match.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion also reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open this year, as well as the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

US Open 2018 results: Juan Martin del Potro advances to finals after Rafael Nadal retires

"I think it was 2-all in the first, 15-love, something like this in the first set, that I felt [something]", said Nadal. "I don't like to see him suffering on court like today, so I'm sad for him".

She would equal Margaret Court's record for most major titles by winning Saturday. "You can imagine, it was very hard to say goodbye". "He's a dear friend, someone that I respect a lot".

Djokovic, who beat Nishikori in the Wimbledon quarters, said he expected a tough match against an opponent with a lethal two-handed backhand who is one of the fastest players on tour.

Nadal had won seven of nine against del Potro.

The third seed could not take the opportunity as two set points went begging, but Nadal - who swiftly removed the tape from his knee - nevertheless found himself behind in another match as his rival's forehand strength came to the fore in a tie-break. He was also made to work hard for his Round of 16 win over Karen Khachanov that came in four sets on a similarly energy-sapping evening in the city.

"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", he said after the match with Nadal. "I got depressed for couple of months also. I know what is going on with the knee".

Mike Bryan won his record-setting 18th Grand Slam doubles title and his second straight with Jack Sock, beating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 6-1. "Maybe if he wasn't Novak, I might have (a) chance to play [a] little better". I lost four matches.

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