Novak Djokovic takes on Juan Martin Del Potro in the men’s singles final and we’ve picked out two 2018 US Open tennis betting tips for the Flushing Meadows showdown.
Djokovic, the Wimbledon champion, stayed on course for back-to-back Grand Slam titles by beating Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-4 6-2.
The sixth seed will contest an eighth US Open final looking for his third title and 14th overall at slams, which would put him level with Pete Sampras.
Nine years after his first Grand Slam final, Del Potro reached a second as defending champion Rafael Nadal retired with knee problems during their semi-final.
The Argentine was leading 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 before the world number one, who has suffered from knee injuries throughout his career, could not continue.
Nishikori beat Djokovic at the same stage here four years ago but had lost all 13 meetings since and never looked like threatening a repeat performance from the moment the Serbian broke in his opening service game.
Djokovic won 80 per cent of points on his first serve and made just 29 unforced errors compared to 51 from Nishikori with the Serbian’s fire burning brightly again after shoulder problems.
He said: “It felt great. I thought I came in from the first point with a great intensity, great focus. You have to execute the shots against Kei Nishikori, who is one of the quickest movers.
“You’ve got to make decisions really quick and I thought I played really, really well.”
It was the ninth consecutive slam semi-final that the 31-year-old has won and sent him through to a 23rd final.
“It means the world to me,” he said. “Every time I accomplish something big I see a new mountain top around the corner. I don’t see any limits.”
Del Potro, a man far too familiar with his body letting him down, was sympathetic with Nadal but also understandably delighted after ending a nine-year wait to reach a second slam final three years after he thought a wrist injury had ended his career.
The Argentinian said: “Of course it’s not the best way to win a match. I love to play against Rafa because he’s the biggest fighter in this sport and I don’t like to see him suffering on court so I’m sad for him but I’m also happy to move forward.
“It means a lot to me. I didn’t expect to get in another Grand Slam final. This is my favourite tournament, my biggest memories on a tennis court came on this court in 2009.”
Del Potro won 70 per cent of his first serves and also came out on top in 13 of the 18 points won at the net and we feel this could be his year to be a champion again, with 27/4 he prevails in five sets.
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