Friday, 16 November, 2018

Del Potro’s classy tribute to ‘fighter’ Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic Roger Federer Rafael Nadal have been my role models No sweat! Djokovic admits 2018 US Open toughest mission
Sergio Cook | 08 September, 2018, 10:58

Novak Djokovic will face Juan Martin del Potro for the U.S. Open title after the Serb beat Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 6-2 in their semi-final on Friday.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic, playing in his 11th US Open semi-final, claimed a 15th win in 17 clashes against Nishikori.

With six years on the 37-year-old Swiss, speculation would no doubt mount as to whether 31-year-old Djokovic - who looks fit, healthy and motivated after a lengthy lay-off with an elbow injury - could even surpass his 20 major haul.

A dejected Rafael Nadal said he had no choice but to retire from his U.S. Open semifinal against Juan Martin del Potro, as his injured right knee was causing him too much pain.

The defending champion had his knee massaged and re-taped and bravely continued through the second set before telling the umpire he was unable to continue. A lot of people in this room, including me, didn't think I would be at this level at this age.

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. His match against Khachanov was the second-longest.

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

"It's tough, these moments, but on the other hand I'm going to keep going and I'm going to keep working hard to keep having opportunities".

"I am playing the right way and enjoying things". "The problem is this time was something little bit more aggressive because was in one movement. This year has been fantastic until this moment", he added.

When Nadal missed a forehand wide, then put a backhand into the net, the opening set belonged to del Potro, who shook his fist and yelled, "Vamos!"

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. "I know what is going on with the knee".

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

On Sunday, the powerful Argentine with the massive forehand that zips along at more than 100 miles per hour (160 kph) will face two-time U.S. Open champion Novak Djokovic or 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori. After losing the first three matches of his comeback this year, he has gone on to reach the quarter-finals at Roland Garros, lose to Nadal in the semi-finals in Rome and in the Queen's final to Cilic, before beating Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon final.

"I'm having two great years", added Nadal, who was trying to complete a French Open-US Open double for the second straight season. Djokovic faced only two break points, both in the second, and erased them both. "All my career everybody said that because of my style, I will have a short career", he noted.

"I didn't expect to get to another Grand Slam final in my favourite tournament".

"I waited as much as I can".

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