Tennis: Djokovic beats Ferrer to reach 3rd US Open final

AP, Sunday 9 Sep 2012

After beating Spain's David Ferrer in the semifinal, Novak Djokovic faces Andy Murray the US Open final on Monday

Djokovic beats Ferrer to reach 3rd US Open final
David Ferrer (R) of Spain congratulates Novak Djokovic of Serbia after their men's singles semifinals match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 9, 2012. (Photo: Reuters)

The weather was much better at the U.S. Open on Sunday. So was Novak Djokovic.

Under a cloudless blue sky, in only a hint of wind, defending champion Djokovic reached his third consecutive final at Flushing Meadows by beating fourth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 in a match suspended a day earlier.

Ferrer was ahead 5-2 in the semifinal's opening set Saturday, when wind was whipping at more than 20 mph. Djokovic was shaky, and play was halted because of an impending storm. He held serve to take that set Sunday - and then Djokovic quickly took control, using the brand of defense-to-offense baseline excellence that has carried the Serb to four of the past seven Grand Slam titles.

Djokovic faces Andy Murray in Monday's final.

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