Djokovic reaches 10th straight GS semifinal

DEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic topped former winner Juan Martin del Potro, 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-4, to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open on Thursday night (Friday morning in Manila).

Djokovic will be playing on his 10th straight Grand Slam semifinal.

”We played some incredible rallies and incredible points,” the second-seeded Djokovic said. ”It’s always entertaining, always so much fun, playing in these night sessions.”

The Serb will face fourth-seeded David Ferrer on Saturday, with a spot in Sunday’s final at stake. Ferrer advanced to his fourth career major semifinal by using his own version of leg-churning, ball-chasing tennis to outlast eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 6-7 (5), 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) in 4 hours, 31 minutes.

Olympic champion Andy Murray and 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych – who eliminated 17-time major champion Roger Federer – earned their semifinal berths Wednesday. Noli Cruz


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