Will Djokovic win the US Open for a third time?
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.
Djokovic, who was beaten by Nishikori in NY in 2014, improved his head-to-head record to 15 wins from 17 meetings with the victory after just two hours and 23 minutes.
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Djokovic is bidding to win his third U.S Open title and 14th overall Grand Slam title. "I was [trying] to give 100 percent, but he was playing very solid", Nishikori said. I'll try to prepare myself as best as I can. In the months that followed, he was briefly haunted by the old spectre of injuries again - he retired in Rome with a groin strain, withdrew from Queen's with an adductor injury and missed the Rogers Cup due a left wrist injury. But he said the support of his friends from his home in Argentina - many of whom sang and cheered loudly from a suite during the match - and the expertise of his doctors pulled him through his depression. "I'm sad for him". "Reaching finals, winning titles, having my highest ranking ever - everything is nearly ideal".
And he will start the heavy favourite, boasting a 14-4 record over the Argentine who will be playing in just his second final at the Slams.
"This year have been a fantastic year until this moment", said Nadal.
His victory over Dominic Thiem reminded him of Wimbledon, where he outlasted Juan Martin del Potro in five sets in the quarterfinals before Novak Djokovic edged him in a 10-8 fifth set in the next round.
The No 1-ranked Nadal has a history of tendinitis in his knees, and he's often cited that when withdrawing from tournaments.
"I thought in the important moments I came up with some good second serves, some good first serves". He hasn't yet played an opponent with a forehand or a serve as big as del Potro's, and the crowd will likely be against him.
But in the middle of the first, the trainer taped up his right knee.
Yeah, I waited as much as I can.
"I hate to retire", said Nadal who has endured a series of knee injuries throughout his career.
"I am going to keep fighting and working hard to keep enjoying this tour and keep having chances to compete at the highest level".
Nadal already had the admiration of tennis fans for his relentless approach and unyielding competitive spirit. He rose after a quick chat, shook the chair umpire's hand and then told Del Potro. He and Nadal have developed a respect for each other.
Nadal had won seven of nine against del Potro.
"I can't say that I am happy because I am not".
"Well, you see the friends who came to watch me?" I [had] been suffering a lot.
That effort took its toll with the Spaniard twice needing to have his right knee bandaged before calling it a day after the conclusion of the second set.