Former world number one Novak Djokovic cruised past Japanese star Kei Nishikori on Friday night to advance to the men’s singles final of the last major of the year – the US Open. The rejuvenated Serb looked at his aggressive best to register a thumping straight sets victory by 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 over Nishikori under the lights. Also Read - Novak Djokovic Donates 1 Million Euros to Help Serbia Combat Coronavirus Pandemic
This will be the eighth time when Djokovic will feature in the final in New York, though he has only lifted the trophy twice before (2011 and 2015). Also Read - Tennis: French Open 2020 Rescheduled For Late September as Coronavirus Crisis Widens
“It felt great. I don’t know how it really looked. Kei Nishikori is one of the quickest movers on the tour. I thought I played really well”, the 31-year old said after winning the semifinal.
Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up pushed Djokovic often during the match, but he couldn’t overcome his powerful service game. He was trying to join Naomi Osaka, the first Japanese woman to reach a US Open final in the Open era. She will play Serena Williams for the women’s championship on Saturday.
Djokovic will take on close friend Juan Martin del Potro in the summit clash of men’s singles on Sunday. Del Potro advanced when Rafael Nadal had to retire because of injury after two sets.
Djokovic and Del Potro have faced each other 18 times before with the Serb leading the head-to-head 14-4. Indeed, Djokovic has won the previous three meetings with Del Potro’s last win coming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The pair have met twice before at the US Open with Djokovic winning in straight sets in both 2007 and 2012. But this is the first time the two will have clashed in a major final with their last final meeting coming at the Shanghai Masters back in 2013.