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

US Open 2018 results: Juan Martin del Potro advances to finals after Rafael Nadal retires

Nadal continued but, after Del Potro won the second set to lead 7-6 (7/3) 6-2, Nadal had one last chat with the trainer, shook his head and offered his hand to his opponent.

But when del Potro, 29, was asked Friday night after reaching the second Grand Slam final of his career nine years after reaching the first, the No. 3 seed paid his friends their proper due.

But Djokovic, who looked on from the sidelines while Federer and Nadal padded their Grand Slam totals, now stands one victory away from winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year for the third time in his career.

Now, Nadal might have to face those same two players again to defend his title in Flushing Meadows. His supposedly weaker wing held up beautifully in the match, the big man even sending three backhand down the line screaming passes to underline it.

Nadal is, of course, no stranger to knee pain having suffered recurring problems with tendinitis.

Del Potro advanced when Rafael Nadal retired after the second set with a knee injury.

The last time the Argentine world number three had beaten Nadal in a major was at this stage of the 2009 US Open.

The Serb's favourable record against Nishikori will give him great belief that he can make it through to an eighth final at Flushing Meadows and with the temperatures set to cool down in NY, that will only help his cause.

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The effort took its toll, with the Spaniard twice needing to have his right knee bandaged before calling it a day after the conclusion of the second set.

The finalists appear to be in good health, although they will be as exhausted as any player would be after six matches in a fortnight. "Serve, return, groundstrokes - he was playing aggressive and I didn't have much energy to stay with him". "I hate to retire, but staying one more set out there, playing like this, would be too much for me".

But the Argentine swept through the tiebreaker, wrapping up the opener after 69 minutes of impressive shot-making.

The retirement automatically gives the Argentine the final berth, with the World No. 3 on the brink of what will be only his second ever Grand Slam title. del Potro will face the victor of the semi-final clash between Japan's Kei Nishikori and Serbia's Novak Djokovic, which is now underway. A straight-sets win is not out of the question for the two-time champion, whose incredible consistency at the US Open is set to continue.

As Juan Martin Del Potro cracked a forehand Rafael Nadal stood glued to the court, letting the Argentine's victor whistle past him. "I didn't expect to get [to] another grand slam final". "I had my biggest memories on the tennis court playing on this court ... but I was a kid".

That's what I try to do tomorrow, with the ice bath, then massage, then came for hit the ball a little bit also.

Djokovic moved a step closer to a third championship at Flushing Meadows and 14th Grand Slam title overall this afternoon by eliminating Millman 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 to get to the tournament's semifinals for an 11th appearance in a row.

He broke serve four times while an under-par Nishikori saved 13 of the 17 break points he faced and committed 51 unforced errors.

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