The Serb is bidding to win a sixth Grand Slam title and is now the tournament favourite following the elimination of Roger Federer.
NEW YORK: Defending champion Novak Djokovic (left) stormed into a sixth successive US Open semi-final on Thursday with a breathtaking 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 demolition of 2009 winner Juan Martin Del Potro.
He goes on to face Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer, who defeated Serb eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), for a place in Sunday’s final. Saturday’s other semi-final sees third seed Andy Murray face Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Australian Open champion Djokovic took his career record over Argentina’s Del Potro, who beat him for Olympic bronze last month, to 6-2 as he marched into a 10th successive major semi-final.
“I love playing night sessions but this was much closer than the scoreline suggests,” said Djokovic, who finished Thursday’s tie with 43 winners.“Juan Martin is a great player and I was lucky in the second set. There were some incredible points and rallies. He came up with some great forehands but he is a big guy and I wanted to keep him moving from side to side.”
Djokovic defends an 8-5 record against Ferrer.“It will be another big battle. David has been one of the most consistent players over the last six, seven years but few people ever talk about him. I will have to be very competitive,” said the champion.