• US Open, Day 14

Djokovic dispatches Ferrer to set up Murray showdown

ESPN staff
September 9, 2012

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Novak Djokovic set up a US Open final meeting with Andy Murray after the world No. 2 recovered from a poor start to defeat David Ferrer in four sets.

The defending champion began the day trailing 5-2 after their semi-final was suspended on Saturday with the threat of a tornado.

He was unable to find a way back into the opening set, but soon took control as he powered to a 2-6 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory to reach his third successive final at Flushing Meadows.

Standing between Djokovic and his sixth grand slam title is third seed Murray, with the final set to take place on Monday for a fifth straight year. The British No. 1 will have the benefit of a day's rest ahead of the final after he defeated Tomas Berdych 5-7 6-2 6-1 7-6(7) on Saturday.

Murray initially struggled to cope with the blustery conditions against Berdych, and equally Djokovic laboured against the wind on Saturday as the tenacious Ferrer took an early lead. But with the Spaniard poised to serve for the opening set, the players were forced off court and fans were evacuated from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center with the weather set to worsen dramatically.

Resuming on Sunday in bright sunshine, Ferrer started well enough to rob Djokovic of the first set - the first the Serb has dropped this tournament, but it was not long before the fourth seed found himself on the back foot.

Djokovic responded immediately, breaking his opponent twice as he streaked to a 5-0 lead. Ferrer threatened to break back late in the second set, but there was no denying Djokovic as he wrapped up the second set to level proceedings.

It was a similar story in the third as Djokovic tightened his grip on the match with an early break, but Ferrer refused to lie down as he battled back, breaking the Serb to love to lead 3-2. However, his hard work was immediately undone as Djokovic broke once again for a 4-3 lead before consolidating his advantage with an ace.

One of Ferrer's nicknames is 'The Wall', in reference to his dogged baseline play, but it was Djokovic who got his racket on nearly everything, turning defence into attack with frightening efficiency.

Ferrer, who has reached the quarter-finals of every grand slam this year, was forced behind the baseline and was unable to find a way past a supreme Djokovic, whose lightning-quick reactions, combined with precision hitting, was too much for the world No. 5.

Having crushed another attempted Ferrer fightback, Djokovic raced to a 4-0 lead in the fourth set before closing out the match in two hours and 32 minutes.

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