ALERT|Federer Cruises Past Djokovic Into U.S. Open Final


Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 in their semifinal match at the U.S. Open on Sunday. He will face Juan Martin del Potro in the final.

SEPTEMBER 13 UPDATE:

Roger Federer swept past Novak Djokovic, 7-6 (3), 7-5, 7-5, on Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium to reach the finals of the United States Open, a tournament he has won five straight times.

The fourth-seeded Djokovic, 22, who had defeated Federer in two of their three past meetings, was competitive throughout the match, but rarely did Federer crack at important points. In the third set, for instance, with both players tied at four games apiece, Federer fought off two break points to win the game.

And rarely did it seem that Djokovic had an answer for Federer’s superior shotmaking. Though they were even in unforced errors — they each had 33 Federer had 49 winning shots to 31 for Djokovic. Federer’s serve, which reached 132 miles an hour, yielded to only three break points, of which Djokovic was able to win only one.

For the third straight year, Djokovic has been eliminated at the Open by Federer. In the 2007 final, Federer won in straight sets. Their semifinal encounter last year ended in a Federer victory in four sets.

Federer, 28, now advances to the championship match, which begins on Monday not before 4 p.m. at Arthur Ashe Stadium, against Juan Martin del Potro, who beat Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2, earlier in the afternoon. If Federer wins, he could extend his record of victories in Grand Slam tournaments to 16.

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