Rafael Nadal retires in US Open semi-final with knee injury

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His match against Khachanov was the second-longest. Then I think was little bit better.

"One of the keys. will be how well can I return, how many returns I can get back in play, but also try to have some depth in that return, and how accurately I can serve myself".

"I know the things are going the right way", Nadal said. But it was not the day. Now I'm much older. "You could imagine very hard for me to say goodbye before the match finish but at some point you have to take a decision".

Del Potro, a man far too familiar with his body letting him down, is probably the last person who would have wanted to progress in such a manner but surely no player deserves a kind break more.

"That's frustrating. Is tough for me".

"Is not an injury that tells you six months off, you are back". Nishikori beat the Czech in their rematch in the quarter-finals this time. "I don't like to see him suffering on court today". I have missed a lot of opportunities.

'All my career everybody say that because of my style, I will have a short career. I am still here because I love what I am doing.

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"They are very important for me to be in this stage at the moment because they were behind me in (those) years, trying to keep my mind in positive way, (to) never give up during my wrist problems", Del Potro said.

The defending champion meets Del Potro for the second year in a row at the US Open semi-finals and he will draw upon the experience of having won that match and also having defeated the Argentine at both the French Open and Wimbledon this year.

Following these, Nishikori and Djokovic meet in the second men's semi-final tonight, which will start not before 2300 United Kingdom time, although in all likelihood, quite a bit later. Who could ask for anything more?

That seemed to deflate him, and there had already been signs of discomfort in his right knee as he wore tape around it, but only for two games before discarding it.

Grimacing with every sudden move, the 17-time Grand Slam victor called for the trainer during the changeover on serve at 2-1 in the second. The anguished looks to his support box spoke of his unease.

Sep 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain winces while receiving treatment from an ATP trainer during a changeover against Juan Mart'n Del Potro of Argentina (not pictured) in a men's semi-final match on day twelve of the 2018 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. I have tremendous expect for him. He has proven in the past that he can match Nadal on hard courts and assuming he can get his forehand firing, he can nick this one in four sets. I did well in the tiebreak and I am so happy to be in the final once again.

"It means a lot to me", del Potro said. My best memories are at Flushing Meadows.

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