NEW YORK, NNC - World’s number one male tennis player, Rafael Nadal withdrew from the US Open semifinal match when he went against Juan Martin del Potro at 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Friday (9/7/2018), to make the Argentine returned to the final at Flushing Meadows for the first time since his success in 2009.
Nadal, who has never withdrawn from the US Open match before, showed signs of discomfort from the start when he grumbled several times at the opening set which lasted 69 minutes.
He called his coach on "changeover" to serve at 2-1 in the second set.
He got his massaged and re-bandaged, and he continued the game in the second set, before telling the referee that he could not continue his performance.
"This is not the best way to win the match," Del Potro said. "I like playing against Rafa because he is the best fighter in this sport. I'm sorry for him,” he said, quoting Antara.