Novak Djokovic's tennis dynasty set to recommence with US Open triumph

Nadal Del Potro Cilic US Open

Nadal Del Potro Cilic US Open

He sat out previous year because of an injured right elbow.

The Serbian will face Argentina's World No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro in the final on September 10. Del Potro advanced when Rafael Nadal retired after the second set with a knee injury. "I got depressed for couple of months also", Del Potro told reporters.

Next up is a mouth-watering clash against Argentine third seed Juan Martin del Potro and should Djokovic bag a third NY crown, he would join 14-times Grand Slam victor Pete Sampras in third on the all-time list, trailing only Roger Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (17). Djokovic shut himself down for the last half of 2017, sitting out the U.S. Open among other events and, after a brief attempt to play at the start of this season, had an operation in February. But that degree of wastefulness could be punished by del Potro.

Juan Martin del Potro set up a US Open final clash against Novak Djokovic on Friday after defending champion and world number one Rafael Nadal quit his last-four clash against the giant Argentine with a knee injury.

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

Then he returned to the baseline to serve again and eventually finished out the set before stopping. 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. "I think that's why people love him".

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This has been the Serbian's most consistent slam - aside from previous year, when he was sidelined by an elbow problem, he has not lost before the semi-finals since 2006 - but he has only won the title twice. Commenting on how he tries to stay injury-free, the Argentinian said: 'I spend a lot of hours doing treatments on my wrist, on all my body. Nadal said. "It was just one player playing, the other one staying on the other side of the court".

Having also had to wear tape on his knee, in his third round match against Karen Khachanov, and trailing by two sets here, Rafa was in too much pain to continue and had no choice but to surrender his crown prematurely.

After Del Potro won the set, Nadal took off his headband, sat down and pulled off his wristbands while a trainer spoke to him.

"Maybe if he wasn't Novak I might have had a chance, but he was playing great tennis today".

This regrouping, mentally and physically, is what tilted the balance as he let out a loud "Vamos" after winning the 69-minute long first set. Del Potro knows how it feels to deal with injuries as he had four wrist surgeries. So no, no. I know what I have. His saving grace in both matches was that he was still able to break four, whilst dropping serve just once against Millman and not at all against Nishikori. We all knew that he had a capacity and a quality to get to the point where he is at the moment.

It was plain sailing for the 31-year-old Serb who is chasing a 14th Slam title to take him level with Pete Sampras on the all-time list.

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