Tennis: No. 1 Djokovic, No. 2 Nadal nearing US Open final
NEW YORK (AP) - It's easy to glance at the match-ups in the US Open men's semi-final and figure that Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will be playing each other for the championship come on Monday.
Djokovic, after all, is seeded No. 1, and Nadal is No. 2. Djokovic owns six Grand Slam titles, Nadal 12.
Each already won the US Open once, with Nadal beating Djokovic in the 2010 final, and Djokovic beating Nadal a year later. They've met in five major finals in all.
And their semifinal opponents on Saturday? Well, Djokovic's 14th consecutive Grand Slam semi-final - a streak that ranks second in men's tennis history to Roger Federer's 23 in a row - comes against No. 9 Stanlisas Wawrinka, who will be making his debut at this stage of a major tournament. And Nadal plays No. 8 Richard Gasquet, who was 1-15 in fourth-round Grand Slam matches until this tournament and will be appearing in only his second major semifinal.