Classy Juan Martin Del Potro comforts Rafael Nadal after US Open retirement

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

The majority of the second set was largely played as a formality, with Nadal clearly not looking like himself.

This year, Del Potro has lurked as a major threat, beating Federer for the Indian Wells Masters title and making the semi-finals at Roland Garros and last-eight at Wimbledon.

"[Today] at 2-all in first set, I told my box I felt something in my knee". He was visited by a trainer at the changeover after the match's seventh game and tape was applied below the joint.

Nadal's stamina and famous fitness have been put to the test on the sweltering Flushing Meadows hardcourts as he has logged almost 16 hours through five matches.

Nadal's injury restricted his movement to a great extent and caused him to eventually concede the set 2-6, with the five-time US Open champion walking up to the chair umpire and confirming his retirement from the match.

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.

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.

Nishikori was handed a swift defeat at Arthur Ashe Stadium, losing 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to the sixth seed.

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In 2010 he said an early goodbye in Australia at the hands of Andy Murray because of his right knee, while tendinitis again kept him from the London 2012 Olympic Games and he did not return until 2013.

Few would have predicted such a remarkable season 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.

Juan Mart'n Del Potro of Argentina serves against Rafael Nadal of Spain (not pictured) in a men's semi-final match on day twelve of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. I didn't expect to get these kinds of emotions playing tennis again.

"It means the world to me obviously", he added. "I was in too much pain".

Djokovic said: "Seeing the consistency of the results I've had here, probably it has been my most successful Grand Slam".

Djokovic, who is 10 centimetres shorter, said del Potro can rise to the occasion of a big match and he is especially wary of his opponent's forehand and big serve. "But it definitely makes me realize that, OK, I can definitely do my best if he can, too". "Just one player playing, the other staying on one side of the court", Nadal said.

And he will start the heavy favourite, boasting a 14-4 record over the Argentine who will be playing in just his second final at the Slams.

Djokovic is now placed to benefit - and has the chance to match Pete Sampras' mark of 14 Grand Slam titles. "You could imagine very hard for me to say goodbye before the match finish but at some point you have to take a decision".

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