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Tennis Podcast, US Open Day 12: After reaching the semi-finals, Novak Djokovic looks at his best performance

Tennis Podcast, US Open Day 12: After reaching the semi-finals, Novak Djokovic looks at his best performance


Tennis Podcast, US Open Day 12: After reaching the semi-finals, Novel Djokovic looks at his best performance
Tennis Podcast, US Open Day 12: After reaching the semi-finals, Novak Djokovic looks at his best performance


US Open Men's Semi-finals did not give the competitiveness they promised - partly due to the knee injury due to Rafael Nadal, partly due to Novak Djokovic's talent.

On the tennis podcast, Simon Briggs of David Law (BBC5 Live) Telegraph Sport and Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime Video) have joined separately to talk about it.

Nadal's painful knee meant that Juan Martin del Potro had to retire from two sets and retired. Is it a coincidence that he had to get out of both the hard court slam in 2018? How will he run his body forward?

On a broad scale, Briggs explains that a related pattern is evolving: this season has been compromised with many showpiece matches injury or fatigue. Is tennis too physical? Need to change something? And what is the solution to get rid of five sets?

Del Potro's victory was almost lost in all of this, but he played well. In particular, their powerful-backhand was impressive. But at what point will he stand against Djokovic in the final?

Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 Nishikori actually played very well, but the 13-time Grand Slam champion was just extraordinary. The law thinks it's playing with forever.

Will the crowds influence Sunday's finals? Del Potro can be motivated by chanting his name, but Whatkar believes that it will bring the best offensive from Djokovic.

In the end, between Whatkar and Law, Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams make their predictions for the finals of women.

The US Open will be the daily edition of tennis podcasts in the fortnight.

• Tennis Podcast is created in collaboration with Telegraph and the new home of the US Open in the UK is sponsored by Amazon Prime Video.

• Live coverage of Prime is going on Friday, multi-court currents, a highlights program and a match of the day available on demand - amazon.co.uk/usopen.
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