‘I’ll be back’ vows Nadal after injury halts US Open repeat bid

Rafael Nadal moves ahead of Ivan Lendl on special Grand Slam list

Few would have predicted such a remarkable season for Djokovic, who lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open, underwent surgery on his right elbow and fell at the first hurdle in Indian Wells and Miami on his return.

The two-time U.S. Open champion pressured Nishikori in nearly all of his service games, earning 17 break points. Del Potro, 29, is familiar with the feeling of losing out on trophies because of injuries.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal, made an emotional statement after being forced to withdraw from his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro yesterday. Djokovic-Delpotro have previously met two times at the US Open in 2007 and 2012 with the Serb emerging victorious on both occasions.

"He (Del Potro) is a great player everywhere".

"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".

"I didn't know if I will be a tennis player again or not".

"I had some issues during the tournament", he said, per The Metro.

"I hate to retire", said Nadal, a player plagued by a series of knee injuries throughout his career.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory following his men´s singles semi-final match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Day Twelve of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2018.

He has the chance to equal Pete Sampras' tally of 14 slam titles but is wary of Del Potro despite his excellent record against the Argentinian. "I was suffering a lot". Then I think was little bit better.

Djokovic, who was beaten by Nishikori in NY in 2014, improved his head-to-head record to 15 wins from 17 meetings with the victory after just two hours and 23 minutes.

Here's the thing about those boys from Juan Martin del Potro's hometown of Tandil, Argentina - you know the ones - who every night fill a different suite, drink beer, provide laughs and make Arthur Ashe Stadium sound like a soccer pitch: The thing about those boys is it's possible we've been underestimating their value.

As he prepares to play in his first Grand Slam final since that one almost a decade ago, meeting 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic for the championship at Flushing Meadows on Sunday, del Potro seems at ease talking about it all. I didn't expect to get these kinds of emotions playing tennis again. The No. 3 seed has lost to Nadal in the semifinals in three of the last four Grand Slam tournaments.

"I think it was 2-2 in the first, 15-0, that I felt it".

"I waited as much as I could". The negative thing is two of them have been in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of a grand slam, close to fight for titles. Is maybe an injury that in one week you feel better, is an injury that maybe in six months you don't feel better.

If there is one player on tour who understands the physical toll of tennis and Nadal's pain in his retirement, it is del Potro.

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