9/7/12 1:24 PM | Cheryl Murray
Novak Djokovic put on an impressive display to take out 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets on Thursday night.
Defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic played his best match of the fortnight to upend No. 7 seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2, 7-6(3), 6-4.
The first set was a romp for Djokovic, who looked near to the form which won him the title last year. Del Potro got off to a slow start, surrendering an early service break and then another at 5-2 to give the Serb the set lead.
Out of nowhere though, Del Potro raised his level considerably at the start of the second set. Djokovic had a few bad misses in his first service game and found himself broken right out of the starting gate. What ensued was one of the finest sets of tennis played all year. As the set wore on, both men dug in and hit increasingly harder groundstrokes, until the ball was little more than a blur.
With some excellent retrieving skills, Djokovic managed to earn the break back to level the set. With Del Potro serving to send the second set into a tiebreaker at 5-6, Djokovic once again made a push to get the break and with it the set. Del Potro held on in a lengthy game that featured breath-taking shots and many momentum shifts. The Argentine finally held to force the tiebreaker.
Del Potro took the early lead in the 'breaker, going up a mini-break right away, but he couldn't hold onto it. Djokovic came storming back to take the two-set lead.
The Argentine, who has never come back from two sets to none down before, continued to fight in the third set, but Djokovic was simply too good. The No. 2 seed secured the only break of serve in the third to defeat Del Potro in straight sets.
Djokovic will take on David Ferrer in the semifinals.
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