Djokovic eases past Nishikori to reach US Open final

Juan Martin del Potro is bidding for a second grand slam title nine years after his first

The No. 6-seeded Djokovic missed last year's tournament with an injured right elbow.

When Rafael Nadal finally finished a almost five-hour climb into the U.S. Open semi-finals, he thought backward as much as ahead. But if there is one player who deserves a slightly less strenuous path to a Grand Slam final, it is del Potro.

There is the counter argument of Rafael Nadal's retirement when his right knee collapsed after he had lost two sets against Del Potro on Friday.

Djokovic, seeking back-to-back Grand Slam victories after claiming Wimbledon in July, will face Juan Martin del Potro in the men's final.

Will Djokovic win the US Open for a third time? The 19th edition of the Djokovic-Del Potro rivalry offers to be a fascinating contest.

World number one Rafael Nadal, who had to pull out of the semi-final of the ongoing US Open owing to a knee injury, said that although he hates to pull out, staying on the court for another set seemed too much for him.

Williams suffered life threatening complications after the birth on September 1 of a year ago, requiring four surgeries to deal with blood clots.

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.

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 U.S Open on September 7, 2018 in New York City.

"I think it was 2-all in the first, 15-love, something like this in the first set, that I felt [something]", said Nadal.

"I am sad for him but I'm also happy to do my best".

Alec Baldwin of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" was seen cheering during the men's semifinals, along with other celebrities such as actor Chevy Chase (with his original "Caddyshack" hat) and four-time Grand Slam victor Manolo Santana. "He's a dear friend, someone that I respect a lot".

Del Potro said: "Of course it's not the best way to win a match". 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.

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.

Del Potro was leading 7-6 (3), 6-2 after two hours of play Friday when Nadal shook his head and said he had to stop. "But I don't know".

But Nadal was unable to take advantage and immediately after the time-out, with the 32-year-old struggling to cover the court, Del Potro broke again.

The third seed could not take the opportunity as two set points went begging, but Nadal - who swiftly removed the tape from his knee - nevertheless found himself behind in another match as his rival's forehand strength came to the fore in a tie-break.

Unfortunately for Nishikori, Djokovic has been the victor in all 13 meetings since that match and has generally dominated this rivalry, so the Japanese player knows he is up against it here.

On a blockbuster day, Arthur Ashe Stadium will be treated to a couple of epic matches between four outstanding players who have shone through at Flushing Meadows. But I know what's expecting me.

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