Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/18/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand in his quarterfinal match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during day ten of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

 

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – In a battle between two former US Open Champions, Novak Djokovic defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to move into his 10th consecutive major semifinal on Thursday night at the US Open. It’s the Serb’s sixth consecutive US Open semifinal.

The 84-minute second set produced thrills by the minute, with displays of outstanding shot-making and long rallies with both men displaying precision, endurance and power.

“I didn’t expect to win easy, that’s for sure,” Djokovic said.

Del Potro who broke serve in the opening game of the second set had chances to win the set. “I had the chance to win that set,” Del Potro said, “but Nole played really well, basically, in the important moments.”

Djokovic deemed  the second set as crucial: “It could have gone either way.”
“We played some incredible rallies and incredible points,” Djokovic said. “It’s always entertaining, always so much fun, playing in these night sessions.”

Djokovic who played defense as though he were a wall kept Del Potro at bay the entire evening. “I wanted to destroy that machine,” Del Potro said. “But what can you do?”

“He’s playing better and better every day and tournament.”

Djokovic will take on David Ferrer on Saturday for a place in the US Open final. Ferrer needed five sets to defeat Djokovic’s countryman Janko Tipsarevic.

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