Djokovic rallies to reach 4th straight U.S. Open final

TENNIS US OPEN

The Serbian World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. EFE/File
The Serbian World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. EFE/File

— World No. 1 Novak Djokovic rallied from a twosettoone deficit Saturday to defeat Stanislas Wawrinka 26, 76 (74), 36, 63, 64 and advance to his fourth consecutive U.S. Open final.

The Serbian started slowly from the baseline, winning just one of nine secondserve points in the first set, but gradually found the range on his ground strokes as the match wore on.

A major turning point came early in the fourth set, when Djokovic earned a break of serve en route to a 30 lead.

The Serbian went on to take that set and then had the fitness edge in the fifth set when Wawrinka began suffering from an upper right thigh strain.

Wawrinka held serve in a marathon third game of the final set to go up 21, but that proved to be a last hurrah as the Swiss was broken in his very next service game and Djokovic finished the match off a few games later.

Next up for Djokovic, the 2011 champion, in Monday's final will be either world No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain or France's Richard Gasquet.

 
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