NEW YORK (Sporting Alert) — Novak Djokovic came away victorious in an exciting game against Stanislas Wawrinka on his way to booking his fourth successive US Open final slot.
The Serbian World No. 1 was forced to dig deep into his reserves after coming from a set down to win the battling five set 2-6 7-6 (7/4) 3-6 6-3 6-4.
The game lasted for four hours and nine minutes and Djokovic waits the winner of the second semi-finals between second-seed Rafael Nadal and the eight-seeded Richard Gasquet.
“These matches are what we live for, what we practise for,” Djokovic told reporters after his win.
“It was obvious that Stan played more aggressive, he played better tennis. I was trying to hang in there, trying to adjust.
“I had to run a lot, I wasn’t playing as well as I wanted but all the credit to him for playing so well.
“I was so fortunate to play my best tennis when I needed to.”
Wawrinka, who stunned defending champion Andy Murray in the quarterfinals, was disappointed about missing a place in the final, but admits Djokovic is world no. 1 for a reason.
“It’s a strange feeling, but for me I think I need to take the positive again of that loss, for sure,” Wawrinka said. “It’s my first semi-final in a grand slam, so I had a great tournament. Unfortunately today I was struggling a little bit physically.
“I think this was a completely different match than the match we played in the Australian Open. In the Australian Open I had to play my best game to stay with him.”
He added: “Today I had the feeling when I was still fit, when I was still healthy, I had the match in control. I think I was playing better than him. I was doing much more things than him.
“But he’s not number one for nothing. He was staying with me all the match, and at the end he pushed me far, far, far back. I had to find everything I had in my body today to stay with him, and he won the match.”