US Open 2015: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic cruises through to the finals

Praveen / 12 September 2015

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic cruises through to the finals of US Open 2015 with straight set victories over their opponents.

The first semi-final featured Novak Djokovic taking on the Croatian Marin Cilic. The match turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Serb destroyed the Croat in straight sets 6-0, 6-1, 6-2. The World no.1 looked in ominous form and never allowed the Croat to settle down. Cilic in the whole match managed to just win three games which rank as the most one-sided semi-final in the modern era.

Cilic didn’t stand a chance against the Serb’s baseline play and unforced errors were creeping from Cilic’s end. Cilic’s serving was piss poor as he just maintained 45% of the first serve. On the other hand, Djokovic was mighty impressive with his game play at the net winning 8 of the 9 points and breaking the Croat’s serve 8 times on 14 attempts. Although, Cilic broke Djokovic’s serve only once it didn’t have any difference in the outcome of the match.

Match Statistics:

N. Djokovic

 

M. Cilic

3

Aces

4

1

Double faults

5

66%

First serves in

45%

8/9

Net points won

3/9

8/14

Break points won

1/1

16

Winners

11

13

Unforced errors

37

 

 

The second semi-final turned out to be a huge surprise as Roger Federer dispatched his fellow countrymen Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-1. While many predicted a close contest between these two the match turned out to be a one-sided affair. Federer showed his masterclass yet again with his service and fluent ground strokes. The only way Wawrinka could have taken down Federer is by being aggressive and take calculative risks which he, unfortunately, failed to do.

Federer continued the routine serve and volley play which has been working immensely great for the Swiss in this tourney. Federer fired down 10 aces and maintained 65% of the first serves in. Federer stepped up the plate in the crucial points and was putting huge pressure on Wawrinka. Wawrinka failed to put the first serve in which was his main undoing. He produced 30 unforced errors which saw him handing over the match to the world no.2 Roger Federer. While Federer managed to convert 5 out of his 11 breakpoints, Wawrinka failed to break Federer’s serve at least once after facing four break points.

Match Statistics:

S. Wawrinka

 

R. Federer

6

Aces

10

1

Double faults

2

49%

First serves in

65%

9/18

Net points won

22/28

0/4

Break points won

5/11

25

Winners

29

30

Unforced errors

17

 

Final lineup: Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic 

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