Tennis: Djokovic downs battling Wawrinka to reach US Open final
NEW YORK (AFP) - World number one Novak Djokovic withstood a determined challenge on Saturday to reach his fifth US Open final, outlasting Swiss ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The 26-year-old Serbian, a six-time major winner and 2011 US Open champion, will play for the title Monday against the winner of a later match between 12-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal of Spain and France's Richard Gasquet.
Djokovic booked his 12th Grand Slam trophy match, and fourth US Open final in a row, after four hours and nine minutes on his ninth ace, the sellout crowd at wind-swept Arthur Ashe Stadium giving both men a standing ovation.
"It was obvious Stan played more aggressive. He played better tennis," said Djokovic. "I was trying to hang in there, to adjust. It was tough on both of us. I had to run a lot. I had to find my rhythm.