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Del Potro, Djokovic in U.S. Open final as Nadal quits with knee injury

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EPSN does great highlights on Youtube.

Nadal was always going to find it difficult, what with his knee's history and the gruelling matches he's played so far. I hope Del Potro can make up for those lost times when he was out with injuries. One wonders what sort of competition the Big Three would have faced if he hadn't been out.

As a Nadal-Đoković fan, I'm happy at least one of them got through to the final.

Ganbare Nova-chan. Gambare Poto-chan.

And get well soon, Rafa-chan.

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committed 51 unforced errors.

thats says it right there Nishikori crumbled under the pressure again, he doesnt have the mental game to beat the top players consistently.

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Nishikori saved 13 of the 17 break points he faced

17????!!!!

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wtfjapan: committed 51 unforced errors. thats says it right there Nishikori crumbled under the pressure again, he doesnt have the mental game to beat the top players consistently.

I wouldn't automatically assume that. Djokovic is a stroke-for-stroke better player than Nishikori, so if you're Nishikori, what would you do? Just stick to your game? Maybe. But it's also a reasonable strategy to say "I know I can't beat him if all things are equal, so I'm just going to go for my shots, hit big, aim for the deep corners, take risks on low-percentage shots, and just maybe if I get on a hot streak, it'll be enough to win." It's a high-risk, high-reward strategy, and if it doesn't go perfectly, players can easily end up with 51 unforced errors. So no, I don't think that number on its own is evidence of Nishikori crumbling under pressure.

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However, I'm just going to copy and paste my same response that I give every time this comes up. Ahem:

"Getting to this point in the tournament is a very nice achievement. There's no shame in losing to a player of (insert name here)'s caliber. That said, I wish Nishikori would find it within himself to once in a while win one of these key matches against the top tier of players."

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The Original Wing: "That said, I wish Nishikori would find it within himself to once in a while win one of these key matches against the top tier of players."

He simply can't.

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