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Djokovic - Federer set up dream US Open Final

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After the incredible drama in the women's semi-finals of the US Open which saw the top 2 seeds knocked out in dramatic fashion, the leading men showed the ladies just how it is done as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer booked their pre-anointed date in the Final of the US Open with crushing victories in their respective semi-finals.

World no.1 Novak Djokovic was up first and Serbian ace crushed defending champion Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 in a virtual no contest. Djokovic didn't even need to play particularly well, just well enough as Cilic, carrying an ankle injury into the match imploded badly, making 37 unforced errors to hand Djokovic an easy win.

Cilic, who had played so incredibly well to lift the title here 12 months back, was clearly struggling right from the start, and shared after the match, "Before the match I was thinking if I'm going to play or not. I decide to play as it's a Grand Slam tournament. If it would be some other tournament I would probably have pulled out."

Djokovic hit just 16 winners all match as he never really needed to step out of second gear, cruising into his fourth Grand Slam final of the year.

The second semi-final was an all Swiss affair as 17 time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer took on his Davis Cup teammate and reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka.

The younger Swiss has shown reason to believe that he has got a lot better over the last couple of years and ready to make the next step towards becoming a top player. Sadly none of that promise was on display today as Wawrinka forgot to bring his A-game, making 30 unforced errors to hand Federer an easy 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win in an hour and a half.

In fairness, Federer played well too, hitting 29 winners of his own, and continued to attack the net at every opportunity to keep the points short and put pressure on his opponent. Wawrinka though just wasn't at the races today and capitulated without much of a fight.

Federer will take a 21-20 record against Djokovic into Sunday's final, having sneaked back ahead of the Serbian by winning their most recent meeting at Cincinnati just before the US Open. Should he be able to replicate the form he showed on that day, Grand Slam title no.18 might just become a reality. It is worth mentioning though that the 34 year old Swiss hasn't won a major in the last 3 years, and there will be some nerves on his side of the court despite his vast experience.

Djokovic on the other hand has picked up two Grand Slam titles already this year at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and missed out in the French Open final to Wawrinka. His record in Finals isn't that impressive, having lost 8 and won 9. He knows he will need to come out firing on Sunday with Federer unlikely to offer him an easy ride in the title decider.