Djokovic aims to cut ‘gentle giant’ Del Potro down to size

Rafael Nadal moves ahead of Ivan Lendl on special Grand Slam list

Rafael Nadal moves ahead of Ivan Lendl on special Grand Slam list

Novak Djokovic served impeccably and used his usual brand of court-covering defense to reach his record-tying eighth U.S. Open final by beating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

Rafael Nadal retired from his U.S. Open semifinal with right knee pain that has dogged him on and off for years, sending Juan Martin del Potro into Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic.

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.

With six years on the 37-year-old Swiss, speculation would no doubt mount as to whether 31-year-old Djokovic - who looks fit, healthy and motivated after a lengthy lay-off with an elbow injury - could even surpass his 20 major haul.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal retired injured from his semi-final match against No. 3 Juan Martin del Potro.

Nadal suffered a recurrence of his persistent knee injuries during a gruelling third round victory against Karen Khachanov and the problem became worse during the first set on Friday.

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Mike Bryan broke a tie for most major doubles titles with John Newcombe, and at 40 years, 4 months became the oldest Grand Slam doubles champion in the professional era. I didn't take any pleasure in watching Nadal go through the motions in that second set - especially in case he did more damage. Lot of people in this room, including myself, never will think that at the age of 32 I will be here fighting for titles, fighting for the first positions of the rankings. 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.

"At the same time, on the other hand, I am going to keep going and keep working hard to keep having opportunities". I have tremendous respect for him as a person and a player. "The problem is this time was something little bit more aggressive because was in one movement".

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For del Potro, it was an odd way to return to an important summit.

"It is not an injury that tells you, 'three weeks off, you are back".

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

"I know things are going the right way".

Either del Potro or Djokovic will add to their Flushing Meadows trophy haul, and it should be an epic as both players will have plenty in the tank after relatively straightforward semifinal victories. I am enjoying being on court. Two of them I had to retire. Djokovic faced only two break points, both in the second, and erased them both.

"All my career everybody say that because of my style, I will have a short career".

"I didn't expect to get into another Grand Slam final", del Potro said.

"I waited as much as I can", he said.

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