U.S. Open: Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori, advances to championship

Rafael Nadal of Spain watches a shot during a match with Dominic Thiem of Austria during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament early Wednesday Sept. 5 2018 in New York
US Open 2018 results: Juan Martin del Potro advances to finals after Rafael Nadal retires

11 September, 2018

He was considered a rising star at the time, but a series of wrist operations - one on his dominant right arm, and three on his left - slowed his career and kept him out of 2 1/2 years' worth of major tournaments.

Del Potro will be playing in just his second final at the majors.

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. "I got depressed for couple of months also", Del Potro told reporters.

Djokovic will face 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final.

Few would have predicted such a remarkable turnaround for Djokovic, who lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open, underwent surgery on his right elbow and fell at the first hurdle in Indian Wells and Miami on his return.

A dozen friends from del Potro's hometown of Tandil have gained fame in Flushing Meadows, their serenade of "Ole, ole, ole - Del-Po, Del-Po" an infectious accompaniment to his every match.

Then he returned to the baseline to serve again and eventually finished out the set before stopping.

Where can I stream Kei Nishikori vs Novak Djokovic? . "But he was always a top five player in the eyes I think of everyone", the two-time champion said.

Djokovic said: "I personally like him very much, not just as a player but as a person".

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

As was his try for an 18th grand slam trophy overall as he tries to catch up to Federer's 20, the record for men. It was so hard for me to keep playing at the same time that way, having too much pain. "I think that's why people love him".

"He treats others the way he wants others to treat him", Djokovic said of the respect Del Potro commands in the locker room.

"What. A. Finish", the US Open tweeted after the Serbian won, adding that he cruised to the final in Flushing Meadows after defeating Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

"They are very important for me to be in this stage at the moment because they were behind me in (those) years, trying to keep my mind in positive way, (to) never give up during my wrist problems", Del Potro said. "I was a kid then; now I am much older".

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.

Del Potro also acknowledged their close friendship and noted that his opponent won Wimbledon, the most recent grand slam.

Victory on Friday would put the 31-year-old into his eighth final in NY.

Rafael NadalAfter seven years of struggles, Nadal is finally looking like a contender again at Wimbledon and is playing a lot like the man who reached his fifth final in 2011, except for this flat-faced fall.

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