Djokovic, Federer aim for title showdown at U.S. Open

Fri Sep 5, 2014 6:49pm EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seven years after their first grand slam final meeting, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer stand on the verge of a third showdown at the highest level.

Top-seeded Djokovic will face Japan’s Kei Nishikori and Federer, the number two seed, will play Marin Cilic of Croatia in Saturday's semi-finals.

In 2007, Federer beat Djokovic to win the fourth of his five U.S. Open titles but at Wimbledon two months ago, the Serb triumphed to win his seventh grand slam crown.

The top two seeds will be huge favorites to meet again in Monday's final.

Having under-performed in the two warm-up events in Toronto and Cincinnati, Djokovic has found top form at the right time and saw off Andy Murray in a high-quality quarter-final.

“I was aiming to play my best tennis in the U.S. Open and I believed it was going to happen,” said Djokovic, who is chasing a second title in New York.

“Winning against Andy in a grand slam is definitely a confidence boost, and hopefully I can use it for the next match.”

Tenth seed Nishikori has shown enormous stamina and resilience to win five-set matches lasting over four hours in each of the past two rounds.   Continued...

Sep 4, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Roger Federer (SUI) celebrates after recording match point against Gael Monfils (FRA) on day eleven of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports