Djokovic to face Nadal in US Open final Monday

Novak Djokovic talks with Stanislas Wawrinka after recording match point  in the U.S. Open men's semifinal at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
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Novak Djokovic talks with Stanislas Wawrinka after recording match point in the U.S. Open men's semifinal at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win against Richard Gasquet of France in a men's semifinal Saturday at the U.S. Open in New York.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his win against Richard Gasquet of France in a men's semifinal Saturday at the U.S. Open in New York.

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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