Gallery: The story from US Open men’s semi finals day as Rafael Nadal exits

Rafael Nadal injured at US Open

The men certainly created some drama on semi-finals day at the US Open, as defending champions Rafal Nadal bowed out of the competition.

Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro served up one set of brilliant competitive tennis…

…which Delpo won…

… with some superb ground strokes, especially on his so-called weaker backhand side.

But then Rafa’s injury started to reveal itself.

Even Del Potro appeared disappointed.
Juan Martin del Potro gestures

But Rafa waved goodbye to the 2018 US Open.

Next up it was Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.

The Japanese star started brightly.

Although Djokovic was unbreakable. Literally.

And Nishikori soon cracked and followed Nadal out of the US Open.

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