Djokovic through to face Murray in final
Novak Djokovic, pictured, set up a US Open final clash against Andy Murray
Andy Murray will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open on Monday after the defending champion defeated David Ferrer in their delayed semi-final in New York.
Fourth seed Ferrer had led 5-2 when play was suspended on Saturday but, although he took the first set, Djokovic quickly hit back and wrapped up a 2-6 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory after two hours and 32 minutes.
It will be the second grand slam final meeting between Murray and Djokovic after the Serb's crushing win at the Australian Open last year at the start of a sensational season that saw him pick up three slam titles.
He successfully defended his title in Melbourne this year, beating Murray and Rafael Nadal back-to-back in brutal five-setters, but Murray got some revenge with victory in the Olympic semi-final before going on to win the gold medal. Djokovic will play in his third consecutive US Open final and his seventh final out of the last nine grand slams.
Djokovic had looked completely out of sorts in the wind on Saturday, complaining to umpire Carlos Bernardes that the match should be postponed.
He was lucky to get his wish, with organisers worried about the threat of a tornado that did not materialise, and had they carried on the result may well have been different. But under blue skies and with only a little breeze, the defending champion was back to the form that has made him unbeaten in grand slams on hard courts for two years.
Ferrer served out the first set, the only set Djokovic has lost at the tournament so far this year, but the Serb promptly reeled off the next five games.
Ferrer finally held to avoid a love set but, although he was trading well with Djokovic in long rallies, the second seed always seemed to have one more shot.
Djokovic broke early in the third set as well but Ferrer showed his tenacity to hit back. The Spaniard was broken again in the seventh game, though, and that proved to be the crucial moment.
Djokovic wrapped up the set and then all but sealed victory by winning the first four games of the fourth. Ferrer dug in to ensure at least the scoreline would be respectable but he was well beaten. Murray has certainly had the better of the schedule and a day's rest, but there is no doubt, whatever he says, that Djokovic will go into the final as the man to beat.
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Greatest ever British player - win or lose - But this is your year Andy. The Olympics is the springboard to Tennis Immortality. You are the man to end the continual banter about Fred Perry 1936, the last British Grand Slam winner.
Nothing to fear but fear itself. You have no-one to fear. GO ANDY
antony jones really has gone lower than low
such a personal attack on andy murray and i can now add philip rose to that list
i am sure that most tennis fans [ and those that are not fans ] from all over BRITAIN will be 100% behind ANDY in his final today
we wish you all the very best
Mrantj - If you can call Andy Murray ugly does that mean you think Djokovic is good loooking? - I suggest you need glasses. Come on Andy, beat the horrible, big headed, Serbian t...t. Any no,not all of england will be behind the Serb, Not me that's for sure
yes of course andy murray is scottish NO ONE DISPUTES THAT
but many athletes from all around the uk represented TEAM GB in the olympics and paralympics just as andy murray did
they are all proud of their own country within the uk but PROUDLY represented BRITAIN
andy murray has great support from all over BRITAIN and most sensible people have long forgotten silly comments he made in his youth
And whilst we're at it...Murray is a Scot from Dunblane, Stirling, as I am an Englishman from Leeds, Yorkshire...and we are from the same island, Great Britain...separate nations but a united country, the United Kingdom...the time for those absent minded history-poking, football-orientated xenophobes to crawl back into their holes...Murray's victory is just as much mine to celebrate as it is Robert from Stranraer (incidentally, my grandfather's name and place of birth).