Novak Djokovic vs. David Ferrer: US Open Semifinal Recap, Analysis and More

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point during his men's singles semifinal match against David Ferrer of Spain on Day Fourteen of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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If a Novak Djokovic vs. Andy Murray final was what you wanted at this year's U.S. Open, well, that's what you are going to get.

After trailing David Ferrer 5-2 in the first set, which was postponed on Saturday evening, Djokovic absolutely cruised on Sunday morning, dropping just seven games the rest of the way.

If you wanted proof that a large gap still remains between the elite players in the ATP and the rest of the field, the Djoker provided it on Sunday, his 10th straight appearance in a Grand Slam semifinal. He'll now head to his eighth final in the last 10 Grand Slams—another indication that he is the top player in tennis today.

Good luck to you, Mr. Murray—you'll need it.



Novak Djokovic 2 6 6 6
David Ferrer 6 1 4 2


Clearly, the postponement of this match favored Djokovic.

After dropping the first set upon the resumption of play, Djokovic cruised through the second set. Ferrer put up a fight in the third, breaking Djokovic early and taking a 3-2 lead, but Djokovic returned the favor, breaking Ferrer to take a 4-3 lead and holding serve the rest of the way.

Immediately in the fourth set, Djokovic's win was inevitable. He broke Ferrer twice at the beginning of the set and never looked back. Ferrer fought to the end, but it was clear rather quickly on Sunday that this match belonged to Djokovic.



Djokovic's forehand and consistency were simply too much for Ferrer to handle on Sunday. His 31 winners and seven aces separated him in a match that once threatened to go Ferrer's way. Clearly the Djoker felt far more comfortable with the conditions on Sunday morning than he did on Saturday night.

Meanwhile, Ferrer spent most of Sunday beating himself. He finished with 39 unforced errors and won a disappointing 64 percent of his first-point serves. While he was good at the net (10-of-13 net points won), Djokovic kept him off-balance with the forehand on Sunday.


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Djokovic leads the head-to-head series against Murray 8-6 and has knocked him out of two Grand Slams already, though Murray won the last match between the two during the London Olympics. 

Still, given the clinical nature of Djokovic's victory on Sunday, it's hard to imagine him losing in the final. I think this one will be an epic duel—you know Murray wants nothing more than to finally get his Grand Slam—but Djokovic will outlast Murray in a five-set thriller.


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