Updated: 11/09/2012 06:16 | By pa.press.net

Djokovic through to face Murray in final



Novak Djokovic, pictured, set up a US Open final clash against Andy Murray

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.

43Comments
10/09/2012 00:04
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Andy i only have 1 thing to say  remember London 2012 and believe
09/09/2012 23:06
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Now's the time for the experience of his previous Grand Slam disappointments to tell, he'll have the experience of finals well installed in him now, and don't forget, his coach Ivan Lendl lost his first four or five GS finals before going on to be a serial GS winner! There is NO doubting your fantastic ability Andy, there's no doubt that you CAN do it. Go on son!!!
09/09/2012 21:19
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Come on Andy - you beat him last time and you can do it again.
10/09/2012 09:29
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Those who have ran out of any constructive criticism of his abilities  are reduced to exposing their own prejudiced hate filled personalities.
Good luck Andy,all UK tennis fans are with you.
10/09/2012 09:25
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WOW It's so sad to see all what is going on in the world today that we are hating a young man who is just trying to do something with his life by playing Tennis, why are we saying Andy Murray is ugly? Ugly defines what comes out of someone's mouth and not how someone looks physically. Andy Murray is a sportsman who is sending a strong message to the younger ones to take up a sport and do something positive in life than to become a criminal,so let us all have some respect  forthe sportsmen who ever they may be, sometimes we may not like a person and want to support what ever they may do,but to call someone names it's not a very nice thing to do,lets spread love and not hate,life is too short. So all the best to the Tennis players may the best man win. :)
10/09/2012 08:01
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All the very best today Andy, I know you'll give it everything. Believe, you have beaten him not that long ago!! Good Luck :)
09/09/2012 20:10
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Djokovic will be the favourite again but league tables can, and do fluctuate. Otherwise he would stay at number 2 and Federer at number 1. Now Murray has a chance to improve his ranking a notch as he has reached his zenith so far and anything else is a bonus. 
Cmon Andy
09/09/2012 23:55
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go on andy ur the man from scotland big man 
10/09/2012 08:02
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All the very best today Andy, I know you'll give it everything. Believe, you have beaten him not that long ago!! Good Luck :)
10/09/2012 09:40
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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 

09/09/2012 21:37
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All have witnessed Andy's semi final match with Thomas...........................................................if the weather is good then Andy's to beat Djokovic is not gonna be easy.............
10/09/2012 11:37
10/09/2012 11:50
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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

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I find all this anti scots behaviour very sad indeed, we are all supposed to be Great Britain, PLC. Lets cheer on Andy Murray, he is the best tennis player that that Great Britain has produced. Andy Murray did voice some silly scots nationalist comments years ago when he was very young, but Murray has long since apologised.
10/09/2012 07:16
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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

10/09/2012 12:04
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Agree with Colin. Pathetic comment  from Anthony Jones. A real supporter of tennis, or indeed any other sport, would not come out with such comments. He should be ashamed of himself. I for one will be rooting for Andy but if in the end Djokovic beats him, his success will have been won fairly. Rest assured Andy's time will come. 
10/09/2012 07:26
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melo scruggs,

  You sad git, try a dating  site, or wont they have you?

10/09/2012 12:48
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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

16/09/2012 23:24
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So frustrating when some articles and comments do not mention that the majority of UK sporting fans are tolerant-minded, pro-British, unpoliticised and above all that, they know what banter is. Nor do they recognise that the majority of us, Scottish, English or Welsh, didn't jump on the bigot-minded bandwagon trumpeted by our ridiculous hero-falsifying press, and ALWAYS supported Andy, for the fact that he was talented, flawed and above all, a winner.
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). 
10/09/2012 12:39
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Andy Murray is a great tennis player i give him that!  But all those people who get on the GB ban wagon give it up! He's 100% Scotish. We all know his feeling's towards the English, or does everyone wish to forgot his stupid comments when first becoming a big name? The only reason he doesn't make silly comments anymore is that he grew up and realised it doesn't do him any favours regarding sponsorship and RESPECT! 
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