Tennis – US Open ’18 Semi-Final: Rafael Nadal Withdraws; Del Potro Into The Finals
Del Potro won the initial two sets, after which Nadal withdrew due to knee injury and the Argentine won the match by 7-6(3) and 6-2.
A win for Juan Martin del Potro means that he will will contend in his first Grand Slam final after a gap of 9 years.
Argentine 3rd seed Del Potro was driving the match 7-6(3) 6-2 when Nadal quit in light of a knee issue. The World No.1 Nadal, twice required medicinal consideration before finally surrendering.
Knee Issues – A Persistent Problem
Previously, Rafael Nadal endured issues with his right knee amid his 3rd-round prevail upon the Russian Karen Khachanov.
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 7, 2018
The Spaniard claimed it was anything but a noteworthy issue, as he won overwhelming matches against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili and Austrian ninth seed Dominic Thiem to achieve the last four.
But, it was a stress for a player who has endured genuine knee injuries previously, and the agony demonstrated excessively for the 17-time Grand Slam champion in today’s match.
Meanwhile, Del Potro, 29, last contended in a Grand Slam last when he won at Flushing Meadows in 2009. He has since endured an index of injury issues, mulling over retirement after a progression of wrist injuries before battling back to his most elevated positioning this year.
Epics come at a cost: after playing 13 sets in his last three rounds, Nadal retires down two sets to del Potro in the semifinals.
Del Potro into his first Slam final in nine years, but an anticlimactic moment. #usopen
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) September 7, 2018
Del Potro will now face either Djokovic or Nishikori in the US Open 2018 final.
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