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Del Potro sets up US Open final clash with Djokovic

Del Potro sets up US Open final clash with Djokovic

Saturday 08 September 2018

Del Potro sets up US Open final clash with Djokovic


The highlights from day 10 at Flushing Meadows.

Juan Martin del Potro ended a nine-year wait to reach a second grand slam final in unfortunate circumstances as defending champion Rafael Nadal retired injured during their semi-final.

The Argentinian, the champion in 2009 before wrist problems severely affected his career, will take on Novak Djokovic on Sunday after the Wimbledon champion comfortably defeated Kei Nishikori.

Alfie Hewett reached the semi-finals of the wheelchair singles before teaming up with Gordon Reid to make another doubles final.

Picture of the day

Juan Martin del Potro offers a consoling pat on the back after Rafael Nadal retired from their semi-final
Juan Martin del Potro offers a consoling pat on the back after Rafael Nadal retired from their semi-final (Seth Wenig/AP)

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Stat of the day

Juan Martin del Potro has made a habit of beating world number ones
Juan Martin del Potro has made a habit of beating world number ones (Seth Wenig/AP)

By defeating Nadal, albeit on a retirement, Del Potro posted his 10th victory over a player ranked world number one. That is the highest total since the rankings began achieved by a player who has not himself topped the rankings.

Double duty

Mike Bryan is in line to achieve the remarkable feat of qualifying for the ATP Finals in London with two different partners. He stands at number three in the race with brother Bob despite his twin having been sidelined by a hip problem since May.

By winning a second consecutive grand slam title here, Mike and Jack Sock will climb to fourth, with the top eight teams to qualify. Bob’s injury at least means Mike will not have to choose, and he will team up again with Bob next year.

Saturday’s highlights

Serena Williams is aiming for her first grand slam title as a mother
Serena Williams is aiming for her first grand slam title as a mother (Andres Kudacki/AP)

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka will contest a clash of the generations in a highly-anticipated women’s final.

Williams is looking for her 24th Grand Slam singles title, and first as a mother, to tie Margaret Court’s all-time record while 20-year-old Osaka had never previously been beyond the fourth round at any of the majors.

In the mixed doubles final, Jamie Murray can notch a sixth slam title alongside American Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The pair face Pole Alicja Rosolska and Nikola Mektic of Croatia.

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