Djokovic, Wawrinka reach US Open fi­nal

Fiji Sun - - Sports -

De­fend­ing cham­pion No­vak Djokovic will take on third seed Stan Wawrinka in the US Open fi­nal af­ter both men won semi-fi­nals in pun­ish­ing con­di­tions. Djokovic beat 10th seed Gael Mon­fils 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-2 in New York, with the French­man adopt­ing un­usual tac­tics to try and counter the world num­ber one. Sti­fling hu­mid­ity was still a fac­tor as Wawrinka beat Ja­pan’s sixth seed Kei Nishikori 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-2.

“It’s re­ally hu­mid, re­ally hot. I knew it would be tough,” said Wawrinka. Djokovic, 29, had treat­ment on both shoul­ders dur­ing the first semi-fi­nal, while Mon­fils could barely move at times as con­di­tions took their toll. “Hu­mid,” is how the Serb de­scribed it. “I think that’s all we were think­ing about and feel­ing.”

Mon­fils ro­bustly re­jected the no­tion that he did not give his all, say­ing: “I think I tried my best.”

Stan Wawrinka

No­vak Djokovic

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