Djokovic returns to makes a meal of Ferrer
Defending champion Novak Djokovic swept into his third consecutive US Open final, setting up a title showdown with Britain’s Andy Murray, with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Spain's David Ferrer today. Djokovic in finalsports Updated: Sep 10, 2012 01:41 IST
Defending champion Novak Djokovic swept into his third consecutive US Open final, setting up a title showdown with Britain’s Andy Murray, with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 win over Spain's David Ferrer on Sunday.
Ferrer had led 5-2 in the first set overnight when the semi-final was suspended due to violent storms which battered New York, but Djokovic thrived under clear blue skies on Sunday, allowing the Spaniard just eight more games.
The victory gave the second-seeded Serb a year-leading 60th win and extended his winning run at hardcourt Grand Slams to 27 matches.
Djokovic will be aiming for a sixth major in Monday’s final. Third-seed Murray trails the Serb 8-6 in career meetings.
Victory by the Serb in the championship match would mean 30 out of the last 31 majors have been won by either Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal.
“We were all praying for less wind today. He handled it better than I did yesterday but I came into today a different player,” said Djokovic.
“Against Andy, there will be no clear favourite. He’s going for a first Grand Slam and will be very motivated. Hopefully we will both come up with our best tennis.”
Ferrer quickly wrapped up the opening set on Sunday’s resumption before Djokovic took control of the match to comfortably win the next three sets.
First Published: Sep 09, 2012 23:01 IST