Nole beats Murray, into eighth consecutive US Open semis

Novak Djokovic defeated Andy Murray 7-6(1) 6-7(1) 6-2 6-4 to reach US Open Semifinal.

After dramatic opening two sets, Novak took over control in the second half of the match to record his 50th win at Flushing Meadows in three hours and 32 minutes.

“It was a very physical battle in the opening two and a half sets. I didn’t expect anything less before the match, knowing I was facing Andy,” said Djokovic, who broke 7 times and saved 12 of 16 break points he faced. “The last five times we’ve always gone over three, four hours. I’m very glad to get through to another semi-final.”

It was the 21st career meeting between the two, Novak leads their ATP H2H series 13-8.

In the semi-finals on Saturday, Novak will face no.10 seed Kei Nishikori. The Shimane native is the first Japanese player to reach the US Open last 4 since 1918.

Looking ahead to this match-up Novak said, “We haven’t played against each other for a while. He’s a very talented player who has been Top 10. He’s very fast all over the court and serves well for his height. I’m expecting a tough one.”


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