"That was not a tennis match at the end".
Nadal said he did not sense a return of his chronic knee tendinitis on Thursday when he practised, or warming up before the match. As hard as it is to say goodbye before [the] match finished, you have to take a position.
"I personally like him very much, not just as a player but as a person", said Djokovic of Del Potro. "Great intensity, great focus, good game plan. You have to execute the shots".
Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, celebrates after defeating Kei Nishikori, of Japan, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in NY.
Last year, Nadal beat del Potro, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2, in Flushing Meadows.
"I said to my box immediately that I felt something on the knee", Nadal said.
"I am sad for him but I'm also happy to do my best".
NY fans took the "Tower of Tandil" to their hearts in 2009, won over by the soft-spoken player with the out-sized 1.98m frame and overpowering game.
The Spaniard had tape applied here after seven games only to take it off two games later.
In the sixth game of the second set, he argued with umpire James Keothavong over a line call, telling the British official: "It's all right, i'm going to retire, but you were not right on this one".
Q. At this point in your career, can you describe how much of your off-court work is pain management, just keeping your body in shape enough to play these five-set matches?
He has slowly made his way back in 2018, gradually gaining confidence with a quarter-final run at Wimbledon and his last-four appearance here.
Bryan and Sock, seeded third, are the first team to win consecutive Grand Slam doubles titles since Mike and Bob won four in a row from 2012-13. "Then he decide to stop", Del Potro said.
The No. 6-seeded Djokovic missed last year's tournament with an injured right elbow.
Djokovic, seeking back-to-back Grand Slam victories after claiming Wimbledon in July, will face Juan Martin del Potro in the men's final. Yeah, I mean, I think I have two finals won and five losses.
"We have never met in a Grand Slam final".
After almost two weeks of heat in the 90s, it cooled to the 70s, although the humidity was still at about 70 percent.
The surgeries, like it or not, will be a constant footnote in del Potro's story. Thousands in the crowd would lend their voices to the song; yet others would try to drown them out with support for Nadal. He dealt with depression.
"Maybe if he wasn't Novak I might have had a chance, but he was playing great tennis today".
So prolonged were del Potro's struggles that he fell into a depression. The massive forehand and punishing serve of his early years remain, the two-handed backhand has begun to reappear, along with the slice backhand Del Potro introduced to reduce the stress on his wrists. It was clear something was wrong. Could be a week.
Djokovic, bidding for his second straight major title, would seem to have the easier road to the final.
In front of him on Sunday is a man who has beaten him 14 times in 18 contests and in all four of their slam matches.