WASHINGTON, September 9, 2012 — The sun was shining at the US Tennis Open at Flushing Meadows and so was Serbian Novak Djokovic as the defending champion upended David Ferrer of Spain 1-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 during the Semi-final. Djokovic will face Britain’s Andy Murray at Monday’s Men’s Final.
When fierce weather, complete with twisters, moved into the New York area on Saturday, shutting down the game and forcing fans to flee the stadium for their cars, Ferrer was leading in the match 5-2. The 25-year-old Djokovic wasn’t looking particularly good. On Sunday, Ferrer held onto the first set, but after that Djokovic had his mojo back and took apart Ferrer.
When asked about the difference in his play, Djokovic explained, “We were all praying for less wind today. He [Ferrer] handled the wind much better than I did, but I came in today as a different player and I’m just really happy to get to another grand slam final.
“It’s a huge relief to get through this match. David’s a great competitor. He’s one of the fittest guys on tour and he never gives up.”
Djokovic is now looking to add to his string of Grand Slam titles.
Last year Djokovic handily defeated Murray at the Australian Open, but Murray at the top of his game during the Olympics in London last month came roaring back to defeat Djokovic during the Semi-final before going on to win the Gold in the Final. So Monday should be a humdinger of a match, especially with Murray having an extra day of rest and Djokovic undoubtedly pumped from his win today.
What does Djokovic expect when he is across the net from Murray on Monday: “I don’t think there is any clear favorite. He’s looking for his first title. I’m sure he’s going to be very motivated. I hope we can come up with the best tennis for this crowd.”
Women’s Singles Final to start at 4:30 EDT on CBS between Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenda.
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