Djokovic to face Nadal in US Open final Monday

Posted Sept. 07, 2013, at 5:27 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 07, 2013, at 7:52 p.m.

NEW YORK — Top seed Novak Djokovic won a five-set thriller against Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka in the semifinals of the U.S. Open on Saturday.

Djokovic recovered from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat Wawrinka 2-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 6-4 in front of a packed house on Arthur Ashe Stadium at Flushing Meadows.

In the late semifinal match Saturday, second-seeded Rafa Nadal turned back France’s Richard Gasquet in three sets to set up a meeting with top seed Novak Djokovic for the men’s singles title.

The Spaniard scored a 6-4 7-6(1) 6-2 victory over the eighth-seeded Gasquet to march into Monday’s final against Djokovic.

The Serb’s supreme fitness levels were crucial as the ninth-seeded Wawrinka became fatigued during the final two sets.

An incredible 21-minute, 30-point game at 1-1 in the fifth set went Wawrinka’s way, but he dropped serve at 2-2 as Djokovic assumed control.

Wawrinka cracked 57 winners to Djokovic’s 38 but a first-serve percentage of 50 proved costly for the Swiss.

Djokovic served out the match to 15 to win in four hours and nine minutes.


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