Juan Martin del Potro will compete in his first Grand Slam
final for nine years after defending champion Rafael Nadal
retired from their US Open semi-final.
Argentine third seed Del Potro was leading 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 when
Nadal quit because of a knee problem.
Top seed Nadal, 32, twice needed medical attention before
“It was difficult for me to keep playing. I was in too much
pain and it was not a tennis match,” said Nadal.
“It was one player playing and one on the other side of the
“I hate retiring but to stay one more set out there playing like
that is too much for me.”
Injured Nasal vows to keep fighting.
Del Potro, the 2009 champion, will face Serbia’s Novak
Djokovic in Sunday’s final after the 13-time Grand Slam
winner beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori in straight sets.
Novak Djokovic moved closer to equalling Pete Sampras’s
tally of 14 Grand Slams after outclassing Kei Nishikori to
reach the US Open final.
Serbia’s Djokovic beat the Japanese 21st seed 6-3 6-4 6-2 to
set up a meeting with Juan Martin del Potro.
“It means the world to me. I am trying to be the best that I
can be,” he said.
“I am working hard every day and trying to reach certain
heights that I visualise every time I accomplish something
“I don’t see any limits. I keep on going and hopefully you are
enjoying my tennis.”
The 31-year-old moved to within one Grand Slam triumph of
American great Sampras by winning Wimbledon in July, his
first major triumph since the 2016 French Open.
Djokovic suffered with personal and injury problems during
2017 and the early part of this year, but looked back to his
best at Wimbledon and has continued that form at Flushing
If he beats Del Potro to equal Sampras, only Roger Federer
(20) and Nadal (17) stand above him in the all-time list.
Djokovic and Argentine Del Potro, who advanced when Rafael
Nadal retired injured from their semi-final, meet in the final
on Sunday at 21:00 BST