Djokovic tops Nishikori for 8th US Open final

Dean Simpson
September 11, 2018

It would be his third US Open title and would bring his total grand slam haul up to 14, a sweet achievement after suffering an elbow injury previous year that forced him to take about six months off. Seven months down the road, Djokovic has not only fully recovered from the injury but also become a dominant force he was once winning 21 of his last 22 matches claiming titles in Wimbledon and Cincinnati enroute to the finals of the US Open.

The Spaniard, who beat Del Potro this year in the French Open semi-finals and Wimbledon quarter-finals, has looked nothing short of brilliant but is not about to get ahead of himself as the pair have split their 10 meetings on hard courts. The defending champion retired down two sets against del Potro with an ailing knee.

NOVAK Djokovic, the two-time champion, will face 2009 victor Juan Martin del Potro for the US Open title on Sunday (Monday AEST).

All four semifinalists were past finalists at Flushing Meadows, the first time that's happened at the U.S. Open since 2011. "That's just a demoralising turn of events for Del Potro", tennis legend John McEnroe said in commentary for ESPN.

Humanitarian notions that five-setters are reducing the best players to physical wrecks is somewhat diluted by the presence in Sunday's US Open final of Novak Djokovic and Juan Martín del Potro, who have experienced more than their share of physical and spiritual hurt in long, garlanded careers.

Defending champion Sloane Stephens could not repeat her dream performance from previous year, but she gave it her all.

"One of the keys of the match will be [my] return, how well I can return, how many returns I can get back in play, but also try to have some depth in that return, and how accurately I can serve myself". 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.

Kei Nishikori was run ragged by Novak Djokovic in their U.S. Open semifinal on Friday and conceded he had been overwhelmed by the Serb's aggression and energy.

But, yeah, I think was 2-All in the first, 15-Love, something like this in the first set, that I felt. "I'm sad for him". He will be looking forward to reaching only the second Grand Slam final of his injury-prone career. "I was [trying] to give 100 percent, but he was playing very solid", Nishikori said. He barely took any time between points while serving - and he's known as one of the slowest guys on tour.

"I didn't know if I will be a tennis player again or not", Del Potro said Friday.

Nadal during his post-match interview said, "I had some issues during the tournament". "When I was a kid, I mix watching soccer and the US Open, that's it".

When Nadal missed a forehand wide, then put a backhand into the net, the opening set belonged to del Potro, who shook his fist and yelled, "Vamos!" In addition to seeking a third trophy at Flushing Meadows, he is trying to collect No. 14 from all Slams, which would pull even with Sampras for the third-most for a man, trailing only Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17.

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