US Open: Djokovic sees off Nishikori to set up final date with Del Potro

Sep 09, 2018, 10:20 IST | PA Sport

With conditions much cooler than they have been for most of the tournament, Djokovic finally looked comfortable and responded with his best performance to defeat Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2

US Open: Djokovic sees off Nishikori to set up final date with Del Potro
Novak Djokovic is ecstatic after his semi-final win over Kei Nishikori

Novak Djokovic stayed on course for back-to-back Grand Slam titles by beating Kei Nishikori to set up a US Open final against Juan Martin del Potro. With conditions much cooler than they have been for most of the tournament, Djokovic finally looked comfortable and responded with his best performance to defeat Nishikori 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

The sixth seed will contest an eighth US Open final looking for his third title and 14th overall at Slams, which would put him level with Pete Sampras. Djokovic said: "It felt great. I thought I came in today from the first point with a great intensity, great focus.

"You have to execute the shots against Kei Nishikori, who is one of the quickest movers. You've got to make decisions really quick and I thought I played really, really well." It was the ninth consecutive Slam semi-final that Djokovic has won and sends him through to a 23rd final. "It means the world to me," he said. "Every time I accomplish something big I see a new mountain top around the corner. I don't see any limits."

Djokovic, Federer to join Nadal in ATP Finals
Madrid: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are set to join Rafael Nadal in the ATP Finals. Djokovic earned a place in the eight-man season-ending tourney, being held from November 11-18 in London, after easing past Kei Nishikori in the US Open semi-final. With an ATP Finals berth under his belt, Djokovic paved the way for Federer, the Australian Open winner, to secure his 16th tournament appearance thanks to "Grand Slam Champion" rule.

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