World No 1 Novak meet No 2 Roger today after semi-final wins over Cilic & Wawrinka respectively
New York: Roger Federer reached his first US Open final in six years on Friday, where will face World No 1 Novak Djokovic in the 42nd round of their heavyweight rivalry.
Roger Federer of returns a shot to Stan Wawrinka during his semi-final match on Friday and Novak Djokovic celebrates his win over Croatia's Marin Cilic on Friday. Pics/AFP
Five-time champion Federer, 34, bidding to become the oldest New York champion since 1970, swept past Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. Djokovic, the 2011 champion, booked a place in the final for the sixth time with a record 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 rout of defending champion Marin Cilic in the most one-sided US Open semi-final of the modern era. Sunday's clash will be a rematch of July's Wimbledon final, where Djokovic triumphed to claim his ninth career Grand Slam crown.
Federer, the holder of 17 majors but without a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2012, will take a 21-20 career edge over Djokovic into the championship match, having won their last duel in Cincinnati in August.
The Swiss legend was imperious against Wawrinka and his victory means he has not dropped a set since the Wimbledon final, a perfect stretch of 28 sets, as he reached a seventh US Open final.
"I'm very happy. It's been a great tournament so far, I have tried very hard in the last six years to get back to the final and tonight it worked," Federer said. Djokovic has now reached the finals of all four majors this year, winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon titles and finishing runner-up to Wawrinka in Paris.
> Round 1: bt Joao Souza (BRA) 6-1, 6-1, 6-1
> Round 2: bt Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
> Round 3: bt Andreas Seppi (ITA x25) 6-3, 7-5, 7-5
> Round 4: bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
> QF: bt Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/2)
> SF: bt Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-0, 6-1, 6-2
> Round 1: bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-1, 6-2, 6-2
> Round 2: bt Steve Darcis (BEL) 6-1, 6-2, 6-1
> Round 3: bt Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
> Round 4: bt John Isner (USA) 7-6 (7/0), 7-6 (8/6), 7-5
> QF: bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
> SF: bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-4, 6-3, 6-1