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Djokovic - Wawrinka to collide in US Open Final

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DjokovicWorld no.1 Novak Djokovic and third seed Stanislas Wawrinka will square off in the Final of the US Open on Sunday after both men registered four set wins in their respective semi-final encounters on Friday.

Djokovic threw away a two-sets to love lead and a break in third to drop the third set to Frenchman Gael Monfils in what was a rather bizarre first semi-final with the veteran French player adopting some bizarre tactics in an attempt to throw Djokovic off his game.

Djokovic raced to a 5-0 lead in the opening set before dropping 3 straight games as Monfils' slow easy ball play forced a flurry of unforced errors and allowed Gael to narrow the deficit to 5-3. Djokovic recovered his poise though to save two break back points and then finally close out the opening set.

The second set was a little more routine as Djokovic dismantled Monfils and appeared to be cruising to victory as an irate Arthur Ashe Stadium booed Monfils' lackadaisical approach.

However, Monfils somehow managed to turn things around in the third set, and saved three breakpoints in the 9th game as he served it out to force the match into a deciding fourth.

Djokovic, who tore his shirt in frustration towards the end of the third set regained his poise to advance to the US Open final, wherein he will attempt to win his third title at Flushing Meadows.

Djokovic will square off in the final against Stan Wawrinka, who beat him in the Final of the French Open last year, their only meeting on the final Sunday of a Grand Slam. Wawrinka has a 4-19 record against Djokovic, but it is that huge win on the big stage at Roland Garros which will stay in the memory of both players.

Wawrinka himself battled back from a set and a break down last night to beat sixth seed Kei Nishikori, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.

Wawrinka shared after the match, "Kei is a tough player and he played well from the beginning. I had to wait and fight and make him a bit uncomfortable and he started to get tired. That is when I put my game to be aggressive. To be in the final is something crazy."

A two-time Grand Slam champion himself, Wawrinka has played some outstanding tennis over the last fortnight and has every chance of pulling off an upset on Sunday.