In two very contrast matches on Arthur Ashe Stadium on day 12 of the US Open, the contenders to win the final Grand Slam of the year were decided in the men’s singles department. In the first semi-final and a rather bizarre encounter, Novak Djokovic came out on top over Gael Monfils’ mind games and experimentation to book a place in the final – his third of four Slams this year.
In the second encounter, Stan Wawrinka beat Kei Nishikori in a contest that had both players fatigued by the rising humidity before the roof closed to some respite. However that didn’t help Nishikori’s cause who won the first set but couldn’t overpower Wawrinka’s mental toughness and solid groundstrokes from then on.
The final between the Serb and the Swiss will be played on Sunday with the women’s final between Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber to be played on Saturday.