US Open: Djokovic beats Nishikori to enter final

US Open: Djokovic beats Nishikori to enter final

US Open: Djokovic beats Nishikori to enter final

Yet the in-form Djokovic, who has a 2-5 record from his previous finals in NY, expects a stern test from the 2009 champion, who has also looked in tremendous form over the past fortnight.

The jury is still out on whether retirements should be considered wins: they are in head-to-head.

As del Potro continued forehands at more than 160km/h and serves at more than 210 km/h, and even making hay with his much-improved two-handed backhand, Nadal offered less and less resistance.

The 28-year-old was looking to make his second appearance in a Grand Slam final. But fate had other plans.

Djokovic missed last year's tournament owing to an elbow injury.

This has been the Serbian's most consistent slam - aside from past year, when he was sidelined by an elbow problem, he has not lost before the semi-finals since 2006 - but he has only won the title twice. "I can not say I am happy, because I am not", he said.

"We all felt for his struggles with injuries that kept him away from the tour for two, three years". Nadal said. "It was just one player playing, the other one staying on the other side of the court".

Under slate-grey skies on a cooler day in NY, the intensity level was predictably high early on as the competitors traded breaks in the opening two games. Nadal retired from the match.

The Spaniard was making him play that extra ball and forcing errors and like at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, del Potro nearly caved in squandering two set points when serving. His knee was also taped in the first set.

"I'm here now", he said after advancing when defending champion Rafael Nadal quit after two sets in their semifinal because of right knee tendinitis.

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

Djokovic, ranked sixth in the world, cruised through earlier rounds of the tournament, dropping only two sets and being pushed to a tiebreak only once.

Will Djokovic win the US Open for a third time? That's what made him now No. 3 of the world. "Could have been better playing the final again, but maybe the my next chance". He played on but could hardly compete with the bludgeoning shots from the Argentine.

But del Potro was on fumes by then after winning his own memorable five-setter against Thiem in the fourth round and beating Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.

"We talk quite a bit but what she's doing is just truly remarkable", Woods said on Friday.

"But I don't know". I lost four matches.

Djokovic, bidding for his second straight major title, would seem to have the easier road to the final.

Still, he retains the No. 1 ranking no matter if Del Potro or the Novak Djokovic-Kei Nishikori semifinal victor lifts the U.S. Open trophy Sunday. "Then he decide to stop", Del Potro said.

"We have never played in the final of a Grand Slam and he's playing the tennis of his life, without a doubt, in the last 15 months", said the Serb.

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