Novak Djokovic cruises to his eighth US Open men's final

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Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns a shot to Kei Nishikori, of Japan, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, in NY.

Juan Martin del Potro brought is own cheering section to the US Open, but in truth, the "gentle giant" from Argentina has the backing of the entire tennis world.

Either del Potro or Djokovic will add to their Flushing Meadows trophy haul, and it should be an epic as both players will have plenty in the tank after relatively straightforward semifinal victories.

Djokovic looked imperious from the outset as he dictated the running from the back of the court and remained in total control throughout.

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates victory following his men´s singles semi-final match against Kei Nishikori of Japan on Day Twelve of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2018.

Should he win on Sunday, he will equal Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam titles. But I think I've been doing a good tournament.

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Djokovic roared back into the spotlight when he ended a 54-week title drought in style by securing a fourth Wimbledon championship and 13th career Grand Slam crown with a performance that suggested he has plenty of majors left in him.

Djokovic, who was forced to skip last year's tournament due to an elbow injury and returned to the tour this year after surgery, said he was thrilled to be back on the big stage.

During the sixth game of the second set, after the chair umpire had made a call that Nadal thought came before the ball landed, he approached the chair and said, "It's OK, I'm going to retire because I'm so hurt on the knee, but you are not good on this one". But del Potro also is a fan favourite, admired for his gracious demeanor and perseverance through his many wrist problems. He's a big-match player. Djokovic also has won nine straight major semifinals and will play his 23rd final on Sunday - the third most in men's tennis history behind Roger Federer (30) and Rafael Nadal (24). "But hopefully I can get one better". We are doing well.' Is reaching the US Open final more special than winning Davis Cup in 2016? I am having a lot of success. "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 didn't get the chance to feel better with myself, to do this again.

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. The negative thing is two of them have been in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of a grand slam, close to fight for titles. So Mike paired with Sock and they won Wimbledon in just their second event together.

Nadal continued but, after Del Potro won the second set to lead 7-6 (7/3) 6-2, Nadal had one last chat with the trainer, shook his head and offered his hand to his opponent. For him will be huge if he's able to win again a Grand Slam.

"He's playing better everything".

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