Novak Djokovic seeks his sixth straight final at a hard-court major tonight.
Follow the first men’s semifinal on a live blog tonight. Will top seed and defending Novak Djokovic oust fourth seed David Ferrer?
Ferrer 2-1*: Ferrer holds on a backhand error by Djokovic, a positive start for a Spaniard who often struggles on his service games. After jolting out to a 40-0 lead, meanwhile, the defending champion encounters some trouble when Ferrer punishes a forehand for a return winner, but he finds a strong first serve to hold. Some more sluggish returning from Djokovic keeps the fourth seed in front early in this semifinal.
Djokovic 3*-2: A slice that finds Ferrer’s backhand corner perfectly sets up the other sideline for a signature Djokovic backhand that gives the Serb control of his service game. Consecutive aces allow him to close it out at love. The two men then trade backhand errors on the first two points of Ferrer’s game, a surprise considering the steadiness of both two-...