We are doing well.' Is reaching the US Open final more special than winning Davis Cup in 2016? So much of that time had felt wasted. Del Potro, 29, is familiar with the feeling of losing out on trophies because of injuries.
Defending US Open Champion and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal on Friday retired from the semi-final clash against Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro in the men's singles of the ongoing US Open owing to a niggling knee injury.
Djokovic's record compares with one grand slam for del Potro - the US Open in 2009.
"I couldn't find a way to fix my wrist problems". Yeah, I mean, I think I have two finals won and five losses.
After edging a 69-minute set, Del Potro applied pressure early in the second, thundering winners off both wings to get to 15-40 in game two. I didn't expect to get these kinds of emotions playing tennis again. "That was the bad moment for me", said the 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) Argentine with the 100 miles per hour (160 kph) forehand and 135 miles per hour (215 kph) serves. I think that's very important.
I'm having two great years.
"Everything", he added with a smile, "is nearly ideal".
Thankfully, the 21st seed appeared to avoid injury and duly played his best tennis of the match after dropping the first set, fighting hard to stay with his illustrious opponent.
It's the 10th time del Potro has beaten the No. 1 player, so this isn't new ground for him.
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When he returned, he had to rebuild his backhand, first by relying exclusively on a slice, and only recently able to strike meaningful two-handed shots with confidence.
"I personally like him very much, not just as a player but as a person", said Djokovic of Del Potro. It just allows me to feel more comfortable playing, starting the tournament and going through it.
The former because at the age of 37 his body is not capable of playing a demanding schedule anymore, while the latter's body continues to be his Achilles heel. It was a familiar pain, one that he's dealt with off-and-on for years. Djokovic shut himself down for the last half of 2017, sitting out the U.S. Open among other events and, after a brief attempt to play at the start of this season, had an operation in February.
Humanitarian notions that five-setters are reducing the best players to physical wrecks is somewhat diluted by the presence in Sunday's US Open final of Novak Djokovic and Juan Martín del Potro, who have experienced more than their share of physical and spiritual hurt in long, garlanded careers.
"It absolutely gives me empathy".
Nishikori said he was happy to have made it to the semi-finals. "That's makes me feels alive again".
A year after missing the tournament and giving birth to her daughter during it, Williams reached the final in Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2014, when she won the last of her six U.S. Open titles.
In Friday's other semi-final, Djokovic will try to extend the form that has seen him win 24 of his last 26 matches, an impressive run that includes titles at Wimbledon and the US Open tune-up event in Cincinnati.