June 29, 2017

Novak Djokovic Gains Seventh Straight US Open Semifinal

Novak Djokovic practice China Open

(September 5, 2013) No. 1 Novak Djokovic had a walkabout in the third set, but otherwise dismantles No. 21 seed Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 on Thursday night at the US Open. The win gives the Serb his 14 consecutive major semifinals and his seventh straight US Open semifinal.  He is second behind Roger Federer’s 23 straight major semifinals in a row.

“It was never going to be an easy match against Mikhail,” Djokovic said.  “Quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, and I was aware of his qualities and ability to come back to the match.”

Djokovic will play Stanislas Wawrinka, who stunned defending champion Andy Murray 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals on Saturday. Djokovic is 12-2 against the Swiss.

Djokovic and Wawrinka played a classic match at the Australian Open where Djokovic won the match in five sets.

“Well, it’s definitely one of the most exciting matches I have played in my life on this surface, against Stan, that played on a very, very high level,” said the world No. 1.

“In the past we all knew that he has the quality to play that well, but not in a consistent basis.  And now he worked on his I think movement a lot, and, you know, some variety of his shots in the game.

“He’s a very complete player.  He can play equally well on any surface.  He had one of the best seasons I think in his life.

“Today he won straight sets against defending champion on Arthur Ashe.  That was quite impressive.  I’m sure he’s very confident and he has nothing to lose now.  He’s going to go for the win.”

Djokovic who will be aiming to reach his fifth US Open final, is 12-2 against Wawrinka.