A few hours after Juan Martin del Potro, Novak Djokovic has reached the US Open final as well following a commanding 6-3 6-4 6-2 win over Kei Nishikori in two hours and 22 minutes. This will be the 23rd Grand Slam final for Novak, the eighth in New York and the second in a row, winning Wimbledon in July to make the best possible comeback from an injury that halted his progress for almost a year.
This was the 17th meeting between Novak and Kei and the 15th win for the Serb who emerged as a winner against the Japanese for the 14th time in a row since that unexpected loss in the US Open semi-final four years ago. Nishikori was unable to produce something similar today, creating just two break points and never stealing Djokovic's serve.
On the other hand, Novak was the dominant figure on the return, taking 44% of the points in Kei's games and earning four breaks from 17 chances to sail through another Major title match. Both players had more unforced errors than winners but Djokovic controlled his shots in a more efficient way, hitting 16 direct points and 29 mistakes.
On the other hand, Nishikori's groundstrokes were all over the place and he fired 22 winners but also 55 unforced errors, unable to match Novak's pace from the baseline or the rock solid serving display, winning just 18 points on the return.
The opening set was decided already in the second game when Nishikori sprayed a forehand error on the fifth break point to lose serve, unable to pull it back in the remaining games as Novak brought it home 6-3 with a hold at love at 5-3 after 37 minutes, firing an ace down the T line.
Kei had to save four break points at the start of the second set and he did that in style with four winners, finally making some damage on the return in game two when he had two break points. Djokovic forced errors to save them both and he was never troubled again on his serve by the end of the match, keeping the pressure on the Japanese.
Novak converted the fourth break point in the fifth game to move 3-2 ahead and we saw five good holds after that, with the Serb clinching the set with another good hold in game 10 to move a set away from the win after 100 minutes.
Kei had nothing more left in the tank and he suffered a break in the third game of the third set to seal his fate in this match. Novak confirmed his win with another break at 4-2 following another backhand error from Kei, and he sealed the deal with an amazing backhand down the line winner in game eight for the place in the final, seeking his 14th Major crown. Semi-final result: