9/9/12 10:48 PM | Ricky Dimon
Novak Djokovic wastes no time coming back from a set down against David Ferrer in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows on Sunday. Djokovic will try to defend his title against Andy Murray.
Novak Djokovic recovered from a slow start and benefited from normal conditions of Sunday afternoon to surge past David Ferrer 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in the U.S. Open semifinals. Djokovic needed a total of two hours and 32 minutes to set up a showdown in the title match against Andy Murray.
This one started in the midst of a near-tornado on Saturday, and Djokovic was in no mental state to deal with the elements. Ferrer raced to a 5-2 lead before a menacing forecast forced play to be stopped just as the underdog was about to serve for a one-set advantage.
They came back out on Sunday and Ferrer held to close out the opening frame of play, but that proved to be his last highlight. Djokovic soon took complete control of the match, surging to a 5-0 advantage in the second. Ferrer finally got on the scoreboard with a routine hold and even got a break chance in the following game, only to see Djokovic wrap up the set.
The fifth-ranked Spaniard put up one last fight by recovering from a break down in the third, but Djokovic broke again for 4-3 and that proved to be the final turning point. New York's No. 2 seed closed it out on serve and had even less trouble powering his way through the fourth to clinch victory.
"It's a great relief obviously to get it over with in four sets," said Djokovic, who improved to 9-5 lifetime against Ferrer. "I was a different player (today). I felt much more comfortable on the court today than I did yesterday. Obviously the conditions were more brutal for all of us who played yesterday.
"Ferrer was I think coping with the conditions much better than I did. He was handling it great. I didn't find any rhythm. So I didn't mind getting off the court yesterday, to be honest, and coming in today."
"I made a semifinal in Grand Slam," Ferrer reflected. "My second time in the semifinal here at U.S. Open. This was the best of my career. Of course I am very positive. I am very happy with myself and with my performance."
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