Djokovic eyes Sampras mark in Del Potro US Open final duel

11 September, 2018, 05:16 | Author: Virgil Todd
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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.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are on course to face off in the US Open final.

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.

Rafa Nadal quits after dropping the opening two sets against Juan Martin del Potro in their US Open semifinal.

He also enjoys an impressive head-to-head record over the 29-year-old Del Potro, winning 14 of their 18 matches.

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, hits a forehand to John Millman, of Australia, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament September 5, 2018, in NY. Del Potro, like Wawrinka, can become a unsafe opponent if he builds up some momentum and can draw the match into becoming a slug-fest from the baseline.

Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the U.S. Open final when Rafael Nadal retired after the second set with a right knee injury. "Last year was a fantastic year".

But, Djokovic has been through his own journey and a third US Open title would complete his return to the top echelons of the sport and serve as a warning that the Djokovic dynasty was never over, it was just on a brief hiatus.

One of the greatest players of all time, the one chink in the Spaniard's armour has always been his knees with injuries plaguing him throughout his career.

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Of the now nine grand slams he has played since returning, Del Potro has reached the quarter-finals twice, the semi-finals twice and, at last, another final, where he awaits the victor of Novak Djokovic's clash with Kei Nishikori.

The No. 1-seeded Nadal has a history of tendinitis in his knees and he said he felt a problem in the right one early in the first set. "But I think that is completely in the past, and now I'm having a good present, looking forward for the future".

She would equal Margaret Court's record for most major titles by winning Saturday. "You could imagine very hard for me to say goodbye before the match finish". But the good thing is I know how I have to work to be better as soon as possible because we have a lot of experience on that.

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

"I didn't know", he said, "if I will be a tennis player again or not". "I just have the chance to play the greatest in this sport, and it's wonderful for me". They are the first pair to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same year since Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge in 2003.

So prolonged were del Potro's struggles that he fell into a depression.

"Today I couldn't play like myself", Nishikori said. He barely took any time between points while serving - and he's known as one of the slowest guys on tour. So no, no. I know what I have.

Unable to defend his title in 2010, he reached a low point in 2015, playing just four ATP matches.

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