Nadal retires, Del Potro in US Open final

Nadal retires, Del Potro in US Open final

Nadal retires, Del Potro in US Open final

"But at some point we had to take a decision".

"I hate to retire, but to stay one more set out there, playing like this, would be too much for me", Nadal said. While an nearly five hour quarter-final victory over Dominic Thiem, it would be fair to state concerns over the winning player in their subsequent match, but the quirks of the US Open schedule mean that the Spaniard will have had nearly 72 hours to recover from these exertions - virtually unheard of recovery time in the latter stages of professional tennis tournaments.

On Friday afternoon, del Potro returned to the court upon which he scored the very biggest wins of his career, wins that convinced us he would soon turn tennis' reigning duopoly into a power trio.

"It's not the best way to win a match", said Del Potro, who also beat Nadal at the same stage of the 2009 U.S. Open to reach what had been his one and only Grand Slam final. I think was 2-All in the first, 15-Love, something like this in the first set, that I felt it.

While there was frustration for Nadal, victory for Del Potro saw the Argentinean return to a Grand Slam final for the first time in nine years when he memorably won the US Open aged 20, beating Nadal and Federer on the way.

The main issue for Nishikori in these recent head to head meetings has been on serve, with him winning a mere 54.8% of service points against Djokovic in the last three years, which converts to a 64.0% service hold percentage, and such numbers aptly illustrate why he's had such difficulties against the former world number one in the last few years.

The 32-year-old, who also retired from the quarter-final in Australia this year with a muscle strain in his right thigh, called the latest setback more aggressive than ones in the past in that it came on suddenly rather than progressively. It was so hard for me to keep playing at the same time that way, having too much pain.

"I don't like to see him suffering like today".

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Nadal, the world's No. 1 player and the defending champion in NY, retired against Juan Martin del Potro, trailing 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 about two hours into the first semifinal of the day in Flushing Meadows.

"That's frustrating. Can't tell you another thing". So I don't know what can happen in a couple of days or in a couple of weeks. "I know what is going on with the knee".

"I am playing the right way and enjoying things". I am having success at the age of 32.

After losing the last three Grand Slam matches against Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro has finally scored the first win over the Spaniard since 2016 Rio Olympics when Rafa retired while trailing 7-6 6-2.

"All my career everybody say that because of my style, I will have a short career".

'It means a lot to me, I didn't expect to get into another slam final especially here at my favourite tournament. "I was a kid then; now I am much older".

They had battled for 69 minutes in the first set before Del Potro eventually took it on a tie-break.

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