Djokovic shines to progress

  • Last Updated: September 7 2012, 9:21 BST

Novak Djokovic highlighted why he is the man to beat at the US Open with a stunning straight-sets victory over Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-finals.

Djokovic shines to progress

The 6-2 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 scoreline does not remotely tell the story of a quarter-final encounter where 2009 champion Del Potro threw everything at last year's winner only to see it come back with interest.

Djokovic said: "Even though it was straight sets it was much closer than that. He's a great player. I was lucky in the second set.

"We played some incredible points. It's always entertaining to play at night, so much fun. This is very special and I'm really happy to be in the semi-finals."

Djokovic will now play fourth seed David Ferrer, who beat Janko Tipsarevic in another classic earlier on Thursday, in a rematch of a last-four clash from 2007.

  • Novak Djokovic reached the US Open semi-finals of the US Open with victory over Juan Martin Del Potro.
  • There was joy for Russia's Ekaterina Makarova and Brazil's Bruno Soares who won the mixed doubles title at Flushing Meadows.
  • The unseeded pair beat foruth seeds Czech Kveta Peschke and Marcin Matkowski of Poland 6-7 (8/10) 6-1 12-10 on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
  • Sean Connery was one of the interested spectators.
  • David Ferrer won the first set of his quarter-final against Janko Tipsarevic.
  • But Tipsarevic bounced back to move two sets to one ahead and a break up in the fourth.
  • It wasn't to be though for the eighth seed.
  • Ferrer showed plenty of fight to secure a 6-3 6-7 (5/7) 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7/4) success.
  • There was fun on court as film star Adam Sandler enjoyed a match.
  • John McEnroe was his partner and the pair enjoyed a contest against Jim Courier and comedian Kevin James.
  • It got serious again when Djokovic met Del Potro in the last eight.
  • It was a frustrating night for the Argentinian as he played well...
  • But couldn't stop Djokovic progressing with a 6-2 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 win.
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Djokovic lost to Roger Federer in the final that year but, with the world No.1 knocked out by Tomas Berdych on Thursday, the second seed has assumed the favourite's mantle.

So easy had the Serbian's progress been until this point, it was difficult to tell how well he was playing.

Djokovic had seemed out of sorts at Wimbledon and the Olympics, where Del Potro beat him to the bronze medal, but he showed on Arthur Ashe Stadium he is back to the form that brought him three grand slam titles last season.

The second set was undoubtedly the best of the tournament as Del Potro found his rhythm on his huge groundstrokes but still could not break down Djokovic's legendary defences.

The second seed went an early break down but broke back when Del Potro served for the set and then created three set points in a titanic 12th game that lasted more than 17 minutes.

The Argentinian saved those but could not resist the sheer force of Djokovic in the tie-break, and a break at the start of the decider eventually proved the difference.

Djokovic has now reached 10 straight grand slam semi-finals, and Del Potro admitted the better man won.

He said: "I had to win that second set. Nole [Djokovic] played really well in the most important moments. In the tie-break he was a little lucky on some points. But he deserved it, he played much better than me for the rest of the match. He was too much for me.

"He's playing better and better every match, he's the favourite to win. He played at a very high level for the whole three hours and I wish him the best."