Staying on court was too much for me: Rafael Nadal,

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Nishikori - the first Japanese man to reach a US Open semifinal in the Open era - was a finalist in NY in 2014. "But the 6'6" tall Argentine also affectionately called Tower of Tandil was plagued by numerous injuries in his wrists.With so many operations and rehabs Del Potro had thoughts of calling it quits from tennis but he stuck around and with a thunderous forehand he has once again reached his peak level. "But I'm here. I'm excited to keep surprising the tennis world, as I did with myself".

He has the chance to equal Pete Sampras' tally of 14 slam titles but is wary of Del Potro despite his excellent record against the Argentinian.

Novak Djokovic sat out last year's US Open to rest an elbow injury that eventually required surgery, but that pain and frustration felt like a distant memory on Friday when he made his march on the final at Flushing Meadows with authority. "Serve, return, groundstrokes - he was playing aggressive and I didn't have much energy to stay with him". "You could imagine very hard for me to say goodbye before the match finish but at some point you have to take a decision". The two that preceded the Wimbledon classic were easier victories, a semifinal rout en route to the French Open title and a four-set victory in last year's U.S. Open semifinals, when Nadal dominated the last three sets. But, you know, he's got two days now to recover, so he's going to be fresh.

"He treats others the way he wants others to treat him", Djokovic said of the respect Del Potro commands in the locker room.

"I think it was 2-all in the first, 15-love, something like this in the first set, that I felt [something]", said Nadal. However, his worries here have been induced by the extreme heat, rather than the strain on his limbs and he appreciated the significant drop in temperature for his routine straight-sets win over Kei Nishikori in the second semi-final. "I was a kid then; now I am much older".

"I can not compare the knee with other times because the pain on the knee is always very similar", he said.

"I hate to retire, but staying one more set out there playing like this will be too much for me". But if there is one player who deserves a slightly less strenuous path to a Grand Slam final, it is del Potro.

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Nadal hardly ever retires. But del Potro also is a fan favourite, admired for his gracious demeanor and perseverance through his many wrist problems.

"He has alternated his backhand over the years because of the left wrist injury. I'm sad for him".

Nadal would figure to have a tougher time in his fourth meeting with del Potro in the last five Grand Slam tournaments.

Asked whether his five-setter with Thiem may have had an impact on his knee, Nadal replied: "You never know".

And en route the final del Potro has once again shown why he is a Major contender, when fully fit.

Unable to defend his title in 2010, he reached a lowpoint in 2015, playing just four ATP matches.

'I know that I feel very comfortable here.