Rafael Nadal retires from semifinal with knee injury
Sep 11, 2018, 02:16
Nadal announced his plan to retire to the chair umpire after approaching him about a line call during the sixth game of the second set.
"I think it was 2-2 in the first, 15-0, that I felt it".
The first set advanced to the tiebreaker after Argentina's World No. 3 drew back at 6-6.
Del Potrosaid: "Of course it's not the best way to win a match". Two games later the trainer was back to remove the tape.
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, celebrates after defeating Dominic Thiem, of Austria, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, early September 5, 2018, in NY.
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.
He will face Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final. The 19th edition of the Djokovic-Del Potro rivalry offers to be a fascinating contest.
Nishikori was taken to five sets by Marin Cilic - the man who beat him in the 2014 final - in Wednesday's quarter-final but he came through to reach the third Grand Slam semi-final of his career.
The Japanese world No. 21 was aiming to join countrywoman Naomi Osaka in the U.S Open finals, but lost to Djokovic in a straightforward match: 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.
That effort took its toll with the Spaniard twice needing to have his right knee bandaged before calling it a day after the conclusion of the second set.
Nadal has been forced out of tournaments due to left and right knee problems over the last decade, withdrawing before 2009 Wimbledon and the 2012 Olympics and during the 2010 Australian Open.
"I didn't know", he said, "if I will be a tennis player again or not". I am having a lot of success. "I hate to retire, but staying one more set out there, playing like this, would be too much for me". "There were moments when I couldn't keep up with (Djokovic's) level and get my feet moving". Del Potro will seek out his second career Grand Slam on Sunday.
The game started on an ominous note for Nadal as del Potro broke his serve in the first game of the first set. "Even before I went through the whole process of surgery, post-surgery recovery, I was still feeling for players that went through injuries", Djokovic said.
Djokovic, another player whose recent injury cost him time at the top of the tennis pyramid, won Wimbledon this year and is rounding into his elite form again. However, his worries here have been induced by the extreme heat, rather than the strain on his limbs and he appreciated the significant drop in temperature for his routine straight-sets win over Kei Nishikori in the second semi-final.
The third seed, who advanced after world number one Rafa Nadal retired from their match due to injury on Friday, said persistent wrist ailments almost led to him exiting the sport in 2015, what he called the "worst moment" of his career.
He has slowly made his way back in 2018, gradually gaining confidence with a quarter-final run at Wimbledon and his last-four appearance here.
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Del Potro was looking at having to become the first man since Pancho Gonales in 1949 to win the U.S. title from two sets down. It will be Djokovic's second back-to-back final after winning the Wimbledon in July after returning from injury.
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