NEW YORK -- Novak Djokovic, the 25-year-old from Serbia who won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments last year and started off this year by winning the Australian Open, has a chance to finish off his majors year in a positive way.
In a men's semifinal that began Saturday and was stopped in the first set because of approaching severe weather, the second-seeded Djokovic came back to beat fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, in 2 hours 32 minutes Sunday at the U.S. Open.
Ferrer, who is scheduled to play Davis Cup on clay for Spain against the United States next weekend, had nothing to pierce Djokovic's superb defensive tennis Sunday when the weather had settled into nearly perfectly conditions.
"It's definitely a huge relief to get through this match," Djokovic told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd. "He's one of the fittest guys on tour and he never gives up. We were all praying for less wind today. I think Ferrer handled the wind much better than I did Saturday. I came in today a different player."