US Open - Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin del Potro Preview & Prediction

Heather Diaz
September 8, 2018

Nishikori, who had failed to reach another major final after his fine run in NY four years ago, came through a gruelling five-set encounter against Marin Cilic to reach the last four, and was run ragged by the Serb in the opening set.

The US Open men's semi-finals take place tonight in NY, and returning to preview the two matches, is our tennis columnist, Dan Weston.

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.

The Spaniard had tape applied here after seven games only to take it off two games later.

In the sixth game of the second set, he argued with umpire James Keothavong over a line call, telling the British official: "It's all right, i'm going to retire, but you were not right on this one".

"I think it was two-all in the first, 15-love, something like this in the first set, that I felt (something)", said Nadal.

"I feel that this tournament, Juan Martin is hitting a little bit bigger off his backhand".

When Rafael Nadal finally finished a almost five-hour climb into the U.S. Open semifinals, he thought backward as much as ahead.

The Spaniard was made to work for his place in the last four, needing a fifth set tiebreak to see off Dominic Thiem in the quarters. The lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium were on for the start of Nadal vs. del Potro, and they engaged in some terrific shotmaking during the first set.

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Djokovic's most recent win over him was in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon this summer, on his way to winning the title. "I lost four matches".

After failing to make much attempt to reach a dropshot he summoned the physio and took a medical timeout at 2-1 down in the second.

It took Nishikori more than a quarter of an hour to get on the board on Friday, but, on a night when injury was the talking point, he pulled up dramatically mid-point in the ninth game, grabbing at his right leg, before holding to keep the set alive at 3-5. He avoided comparing it to his previous knee injury.

On the other hand, Rafa has missed a chance to chase his fourth US Open crown and to defend the title he won 12 months ago, suffering the fourth defeat of the season and the second after a retirement!

Nadal has won 11 of their 16 meetings, but they are 5-5 on hardcourts including Del Potro's semi-final US Open win in 2009 and Nadal's semi-final win on the way to the title in Flushing Meadows a year ago. As was his try for an 18th Grand Slam trophy overall as he tries to catch up to Federer's 20, the record for men.

"It's not a match when one is playing and the other is at the side of the court", Nadal added.

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin del Potro? . "I was a kid then; now i am much older".

Having fought through his own injury-ravaged years, Del Potro understood his opponent's pain and gave him a warm embrace before he left the court.

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