US Open 2011: Nadal, Djokovic To Clash in Final

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet in the US Open final for the second-straight year after the top two seeds in the tournament defeated their respective opponents in the semifinals on Saturday.

Nadal, the defending champion but ranked No.2 this year, defeated fourth seed Andy Murray 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, in the second semifinal match of the day. It was the third match in three days for both Nadal and Murray, and it was clear the Spanish defending champion had more gas in the tank compared to his British opponent. “We knew it was going to be like that for quite a few days and just tried to get through it and deal with it the best way we could,” Murray said.

In the other semifinal, Djokovic showed once again why he is the current world no.1 as he rallied from two sets down to defeat Roger Federer, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Federer, the former world no.1 who is ranked third in the tournament, took two match points in the fifth set, but could not capitalize on the advantage and eventually gave away the match after 3 hours and 51 minutes.

Nadal and Djokovic will meet in a final for the sixth time this year, with the Serbian winning all their previous five meetings, including the final at Wimbledon.

In the women’s singles, Serena William defeated top seed Caroline Wozniacki, 6-2, 6-4, to set up a final clash with Samantha Stosur, who outlasted Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.