Djokovic was as ruthless as the tornado in the semi-finals in New York

September 10, 2012

ATP Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Djokovic stepped out on court on Sunday and won the next 3 sets against David Ferrer. (Photo credit: AP)

Following the suspension of yesterdays match because of a tornado, Nole was back on the court and adjusted easily against the Spaniard in 4 sets in the second semifinal. He will feature in the final tomorrow with Murray

With no more tornadoes to bother him, Novak Djokovic found the game yesterday in the wind was carrying away his chance of victory, and today he annihilated David Ferrer, playing 3 sets of great intensity and thus ending 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. The former world No. 1 sealed his second victory this year in a Slam against the Spaniard, who he had already defeated in 3 sets in the quarter-finals in Melbourne, and carried on increasing his head-to-head 9-3 in their matches (but with Ferrer leads 3-1 on clay).

It started with Ferrer having the advantage of the favorable score (5-2), but also the pressure of having to immediately close the set without Nole breaking back in the game. The game was hard from the opening game after their overnight resumption (already the second point lasted 21 exchanges), but Ferrer showed great rhythm, regularity, defense and few errors.

However, in the second set, the Spaniard was returning against a very different Djokovic today, with no errors spoiled by the wind yesterday, he was far from the player that appeared on court yesterday, with entirely different tactics. The Serb was in fact good at giving his blows with great depth that made it difficult for Ferrer who was too defensive and due to excessive impatience he made a mistake and gave the first break to the former world No. 1 (2-0).

The problems, however, for the Spaniard did not end there: in fact the number of unforced errors grew, but he also experienced difficulties during his service games, which saw the score suddenly jump to 5-0 for the Serbian after he recorded only 33% of first serves in (compared with 72% from the first set).

The same 0-40 that Djokovic suffered on 4-0 (later recovered) seemed to be more the result of a decrease in the concentration by the Serb who completely crushed all opposition in his strength and Nole remained aggressive.

At the beginning of the third set, Ferrer tried to change his tactics and become more proactive, but Djokovic defended the impossible and in the end the Spaniard got nervous and was broken immediately in his opening service game. Ferrer  broke back showing great strength but the moment of balance for Ferrer was short as he was once again broken at 3-3.

Djokovic sealed his place in the US Open final in the fourth set as he showed impressive strength, he was able to run ahead 4-0 and found great intensity in his service games.  Nole, thereby reaching the final, will meet Andy Murray with a record that shows the Serb has lost only one set in the whole tournament (to date) and one tiebreak played and won. Ferrer must instead settle for a fourth career slam semi-final (the second this year and the second in New York after the 2007, in which he has lost all of them to Djokovic) but there is some consolidation for Ferrer, in terms of results, he has had the best year of his career.

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including www.tennisgrandstand.com, www.worldtennismagazine.com, www.tennisbloggers.com, www.tennisscoop.co.uk and www.olympictennis.net. Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website www.tennisnewsviews.com where you can read her reports. She can be reached at lburrows@internationalpress.com or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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