Wrist and reward: Del Potro back amongst elite

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An elbow injury in 2003 prevented his expected French Open debut that year and a stress fracture in one ankle kept him out of Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2004. Seven months down the road, Djokovic has not only fully recovered from the injury but also become a dominant force he was once winning 21 of his last 22 matches claiming titles in Wimbledon and Cincinnati enroute to the finals of the US Open.

Mike Bryan won his record-setting 18th Grand Slam doubles title and his second straight with Jack Sock, beating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 6-1.

The World no.1 Rafael Nadal fought hard to win an epic five-set classic in the second quarter-final of the US Open against Dominic Theim.

Del Potro, who has also had his career disrupted by injuries, was not happy to get the victory the way he did.

An injured Rafael Nadal abandoned the US Open after battling through his semifinal with Juan Martin del Potro.

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However, no one can begrudge del Potro his second Grand Slam final.

But, Djokovic has been through his own journey and a third US Open title would complete his return to the top echelons of the sport and serve as a warning that the Djokovic dynasty was never over, it was just on a brief hiatus.

The third seed, at a career-high ranking of three, is relishing being back at this level after all his injury problems and is hoping to go one better than at Wimbledon.

The third seed will now await the victor of the second semi-final between Japan's Kei Nishikori and Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

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But, yeah, I think was 2-All in the first, 15-Love, something like this in the first set, that I felt. "So I'm sad for him". He's a Grand Slam victor. "You could imagine very hard for me to say goodbye before the match finish but at some point you have to take a decision". Commenting on how he tries to stay injury-free, the Argentinian said: 'I spend a lot of hours doing treatments on my wrist, on all my body.

"I feel like he is on his way back", Williams said.

He said: "The worst moment was in 2015 when I was close to quitting this sport because I couldn't find a way to fix my wrist problems".

Here's the thing about those boys from Juan Martin del Potro's hometown of Tandil, Argentina - you know the ones - who every night fill a different suite, drink beer, provide laughs and make Arthur Ashe Stadium sound like a soccer pitch: The thing about those boys is it's possible we've been underestimating their value.

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. So I don't know what can happen in a couple of days or in a couple of weeks.

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Nadal appeared to be having trouble with his right knee and even pointed to it while explaining to Del Potro his reason for retiring. "I just have the chance to play the greatest in this sport, and it's unbelievable for me". "But I don't know". I lost four matches.