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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 September 2007, 18:37 GMT 19:37 UK
Djokovic sees off Ferrer in semi
Novak Djokovic
Djokovic reached the French Open and Wimbledon semis this year
Third seed Novak Djokovic reached his first Grand Slam final with victory over David Ferrer at the US Open.

The 20-year-old Serb overcame a slow start to beat Spanish 15th seed Ferrer 6-4 6-4 6-3 and set up a final against Roger Federer or Nikolay Davydenko.

Ferrer made the better start with an early break but Djokovic won five straight games to take the first set.

And despite struggling in the fierce heat, the Serb broke twice in the second and third sets to seal victory.

"I started really nervous," said Djokovic, who is the first Serbian man to reach a Grand Slam final.

"I had played a lot of difficult matches and I didn't have a lot of energy. And he is a tough competitor.

"Plus the conditions were extreme. It was so hot."


Asked how he coped, the Serb joked: "I asked for some pills - but everything was permitted!"

Ferrer, playing in his first Grand Slam semi-final, broke serve immediately and raced 4-1 clear as Djokovic struggled with his forehand.

But once he found that shot the match turned completely as the world number three broke back to love and stormed through the rest of the set.

Ann immediate break at the start of the second suggested a straightforward win was on the cards, but Djokovic called for the trainer and the doctor after game three as the heat took its toll.

He took a couple of pills and donned a cap, but Ferrer still took advantage by breaking back and the match appeared to be back on.

Djokovic had other ideas though, playing a superb game at 3-3 to fight back from 40-0 down and break again.

That was enough for the second set and the Serb dominated the third with two more breaks, despite calling for the doctor once again.

"I will try to recover as much as I can and rest," said Djokovic. "I am going to watch my opponents play.

"It will be an amazing experience for my first Grand Slam final. It's a great achievement for me and for my country."



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