US Open 2013: Rafael Nadal v Richard Gasquet

Live text and radio commentary as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic advance to a third US Open final meeting

8 September 2013 Last updated at 00:55

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  1. 0054: 

    We are all done and dusted for this evening though. Two mouth-watering finals to look forward over the next two evenings. You had better have a handwritten note from a parent if you are going to miss either.

    Bye for now.

  2. 0048: 

    Just as in the men's draw, the women's title will be contested between the top two seeds.

    Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka will lock racquets at some time shortly after 2130 BST and you will be able to get all the action on these pages and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka
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    There will be a lot of talk over the next 48 hours about the possible effect of Novak Djokovic's greater amount of time on court in the semi-finals.

    If you want to be the sort of know-it-all who likes to argue such imponderables, then here is a statistic to deploy: Rafael Nadal has spent 12 hours 59 minutes on court, to Novak Djokovic's 12 hours 55 minutes.


    Jim Waugh, Glasgow: Nadal is unstoppable, can't see Novak beating him in the final!


    Shouma Khan: Nadal vs Gasquet - purest evidence that top level sport is more about mental than physical capabilities

    Andrew Priestley: Everyone to bed immediately! We have a Nadal vs Djokovic final less than 2 days away. We all have to stock up on our sleep!

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    I think when you compare the aftermath of the two semi-finals you see Rafael Nadal, who hardly seems spent, and Novak Djokovic, who had such a hard match. Added to that, is that fact that I think that Nadal is actually still getting better. He is my pick for the final.


    Rafael Nadal: It has been two amazing weeks for me. Novak is an amazing competitor he is one of the best players I have ever seen. He is a great champion, it will be a tough final for me but I will try and be ready.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 Gasquet

    Ouch. Richard Gasquet presses the self-destruct button, double-faulting on the final two points to surrender the match and usher Rafael Nadal through to the US Open final.

    Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 5-2 Gasquet*
    Richard Gasquet

    Richard Gasquet has the balls returned back to his end of the court at the end of another love service game from Rafael Nadal. Nadal is just a game away from the match and he towels down at the back of the court looking entirely focused on bringing this to an end on time. There is something of Dustin Hoffman in Rainman about the way he zeroes in on victory.

    *Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 4-2 Gasquet

    Rafael Nadal sniffs the chance of a second break as he wraps a forehand winner round his man and down the line for 40-30. Richard Gasquet continues to bravely charge into the barrage of groundstrokes though and he puts away a backhand volley to notch up at least another game. There are a few in the crowd making an early exit to beat the traffic. They don't fancy his chances of getting many more.

    Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 4-1 Gasquet*

    Richard Gasquet is shoving his chips into the middle of the table. He has no choice as this match is fast slipping away from him. The Frenchman flashes a forehand return between the tramlines as he attempts to buy a way back into the game at 40-15 down.

    *Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 3-1 Gasquet

    Richard Gasquet is still bustling in to the net with intent and as tactics go it has been successful as any employed against Rafael Nadal in this tournament. It delivers the game and I wonder if Novak Djokovic, who has been attacking the net more than usual during his fortnight at Flushing Meadows, might be taking note while he watches on from a New York hotel room.

    Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 3-0 Gasquet*

    Rafael Nadal romps through his service game to love to consolidate his break and put the cement shoes on Richard Gasquet.

    Rafael Nadal
    NADAL BREAKS- *Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 2-0 Gasquet

    Rafael Nadal groans with frustration as he miscue a forehand return into the cheap seats at 30-30. Richard Gasquet gives him another chance though as he dribbles a miserable little drop-shot into the bottom of the net to take the game to deuce.

    Nadal, as tenacious as a pitbull, punches a forehand down the line to peg Gasquet back from game point. He then lands a backhand return with perfect lenght to stop Gasquet's rush to the net. Break point. Oohh la la. Gasquet has hit plenty of backhands right out of the meat of the bat, but that one pings off the frame and straight up above his head. First blood to Nadal in the third.

    Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-1) 1-0 Gasquet*

    Richard Gasquet dusts off that sickly sweet backhand, cuffing two beauties away for clean winners and a break point at 30-40. A slugging baseline rally follows and ends with a delicate little tickle from Nadal that Gasquet, pinned back by the Spaniard's power, can only admire.

    Gasquet caresses away another backhand to peg Rafael Nadal back from game point. It is the sort of shot that the watching Anna Wintour could plaster on the front of American Vogue without having to fire up the digital touch-up shop. Nadal is not going to be lured onto the rocks by its beauty though. He holds serve to make the first impression on the third set.

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    David Dawber: Nadal doesn't win matches, he simply makes sure the opponent loses

    Jamie: Torn! Love Gasquet's game and would love to see him reach the final, finally fulfil his potential, but a Nadal-Djokovic final...

    Ali Qamber: The important points, Gasquet. THE IMPORTANT POINTS!

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    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal peels off his sweaty shirt and only the whistling from the crowd masks the sound of fainting admirers thudding to the floor. Right, enough of that. The Spaniard zig-zags back to the baseline to serve the first game of the third set.

    TIE-BREAK- *Nadal 6-4 7-6 (7-1) Gasquet

    A double fault, his first of the match from Richard Gasquet gives Rafael Nadal the first point and a mini-break. A shocker of a start. A lengthy rally follows once the balls get down Nadal's end, but it ends with a running forehand a whisker wide from the Frenchman. 2-0. Nadal bets the house on a big backhand on the next point, but he frames it long to hand back the mini-break. 2-1. Back on serve, Gasquet flicks a makeable volley into the net to give the initiative back to Nadal 3-1. Nadal retrieves a backhand from the ends of the earth and then takes revenge with more forehand pummelling to make it 4-1 with two serves to come. The first is converted by Nadal as the players swap ends with the Spaniard 5-1 to the good.

    Rafael Nadal

    Nadal picks his way to the net with care, before patting away a volley for 6-1. The tie-break ends as it begins. A Gasquet double fault hands Nadal a two-set lead. The Frenchman would have hoped to make a better fist of that after a promising previous half hour.

    Nadal 6-4 6-6 Gasquet*

    Richard Gasquet dashes this way and that at the front of the court as he desperately attempts to land a knockout volley at 30-0 down. He can't quite find it though and it is another hold to love as we head into a tie-break.

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    Arya Tabrizi: Gasquet's ability to change direction with his single handed backhand is insanely good.

    Shouma Khan: Gasquet looks more consistent no. Biggest factor? Coaching, fitness, psychology. No - he's stopped wearing a back-to-front cap.

    *Nadal 6-4 5-6 Gasquet
    Richard Gasquet

    Richard Gasquet replies in kind with a hold to love, topped off by a ripper of an ace down the middle.

    Nadal 6-4 5-5 Gasquet*

    A Rafael Nadal service game flashes through Richard Gasquet's defences. It is still anyone's set though as we head into the business end of the second.

    *Nadal 6-4 4-5 Gasquet

    Rafael Nadal's shoulders slump and his racquet flops at his side as he fails to plot a path around Richard Gasquet at the net. It is a fair old barricade that Gasquet is putting up at the front and Nadal is struggling to get to grips with the retro strategy being deployed here.

    The floodlights are being flicked on over the Arthur Ashe court. We are not supposed to have a night session, but at 1824 local time we are heading that way fast.

    Jeff Tarango, former American Tour professional, BBC Radio 5 live

    Richard Gasquet is living up to his reputation of being the French Mozart of tennis. He's coming up with original shots, he's been missing some but it's not easy to play a different style. It's hard to change your style for one match but he's dealing with it well.

    Nadal 6-4 4-4 Gasquet*

    Any sauce with that chip and charge? Richard Gasquet throws Rafael Nadal into a funk with a headlong rush into the net on the opening point. A crackerjack of a backhand return then flashes cross court for a clean winner for 15-40 and two break points against the Nadal serve. Hushed whispers around Arthur Ashe as if there is news of a neighbourhood scandal spreading.

    Gasquet cannot get the New York chins wagging any more though. He is back in his shell as Nadal recovers both with ease and the Spaniard's serve is safe after a worrying scrape.

    *Nadal 6-4 3-4 Gasquet

    Richard Gasquet holds his serve to love. Is Rafael Nadal playing possum, waiting for his chance to strike, or is the Gasquet serve toughening like a conker in vinegar?

    Rafael Nadal
    Nadal 6-4 3-3 Gasquet*

    Rafael Nadal looks a little wobbly. The second seed fluffs a straightforward volley to give Richard Gasquet 15-30, but his footwork is precise underneath a hanging ball to put away a smash for 40-30. Gasquet is stretched left and right on the next point and the pressure tells as he prods long. But after seemingly being fully control, Nadal might have a little rebellion on his hands.

    *Nadal 6-4 3-2 Gasquet

    Richard Gasquet digs himself out of a bit of bother at 15-30 down to hold serve and edge ahead for the first time on the second-set scoreboard. How is Rafael Nadal going to react to this?

    GASQUET BREAKS- Nadal 6-4 2-2 Gasquet*

    Rafael Nadal gives Richard Gasquet a glimmer with a forehand into the net for 30-30. The Frenchman then produces a dream of a backhand return to bring up break point. Might this be the moment he becomes the first man at this tournament to overhaul Rafael Nadal's tee-off? Nope. But another backhand right out the sweet spot brings up a second. And this time Nadal is long! His run of successive service holds is halted at 88 games.

    Nadal looks a little confused, forehead crinkled. But then he often does.

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    Navid haeri: Tennis looks an unbelievably easy game while watching Nadal play!

    Andrew Priestley: Nadal comes out all guns blazing early in every set, gets a break up & just holds his own serve. Simple, but extremely effective.

    *Nadal 6-4 2-1 Gasquet

    Richard Gasquet serves out to love with successive aces. It all looks very nice, but the the band on board the Titanic knocked out some decent tunes as the depths beckoned as well. With the break already in the bag for Nadal, Gasquet is going to have to pull a rabbit out of his racquet bag to avert a second-set loss.

    Nadal 6-4 2-0 Gasquet*

    Rafael Nadal shows almost telepathic levels of anticipation as he runs down a cross-court drop-shot from Richard Gasquet when a thick net cord seemed to have given the Frenchman all the time in the world to work out which bit of the court should be unoccupied.

    The Spaniard holds with ease.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    Nadal might not be thought of as one of the game's great servers, in the same way as Pete Sampras or Boris Becker, but the Spaniard is currently on a roll that would match either of them. Serving out that first set took him to 72 sevice games unbroken at Flushing Meadows and 87 in total. He last lost his serve against Tomas Berdych in the Cincinnati semi-finals on 17 August .

    NADAL BREAKS- *Nadal 6-4 1-0 Gasquet
    Sean Connery with Ben Stiller

    I think that Ben Stiller has just tickled Sir Sean Connery by claiming that there is still legs in the Fockers franchise. Thirty-all is not much of a laughing matter for Richard Gasquet though as he slices into the net. A wild and windy forehand lands plum between the tramlines from the Frenchman to leave him a break point down. Nadal works him about the court, drawing the mistake off a stretching backhand and taking the early advantage just as he did in the first.

    That Jeff Tarango knows his onions doesn't he?

    Jeff Tarango, former American Tour professional, BBC Radio 5 live

    I have a feeling Nadal is going to break in the first game of each set. He knows Djokovic had a very tough, physical match today. Nadal's not running for some balls and I've never seen Nadal do that before. He had the luxury of breaking early and he'll like to take command, making sure he's the freshest of the two going into the final.

    GAME AND FIRST SET- Nadal 6-4 Gasquet*

    More unexpected angles than Ming the Merciless's tailor as Rafael Nadal comes out on the wrong side of an exchange of backhands. The Spaniard is taken to 30-30, but gets his forehand kicking up high into the Richard Gasquet backhand and, despite the Frenchman backing up well behind the baseline, he cannot get over the top of the ball.

    A limp backhand floats long off Gasquet's racquet and the set is secured in brutally efficient style by Nadal.

    *Nadal 5-4 Gasquet

    Plenty of flashy strokes for the highlights reel. Richard Gasquet swishes a posy backhand down the line, before Rafael Nadal, chasing lob over his head, swivels 180 degrees and cracks a forehand a whisker wide. Gasquet closes out the game with another dismissive swat of his backhand, but I don't think it is not going to change the destination of this set. Nadal serves for the set next.

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    Default Girl: I want Rafa to win this match but I'm not sure my heart/stomach/nerves could handle another Rafa v Nole final.

    Nadal 5-3 Gasquet*

    Rafael Nadal has his feet up on the dashboard and the cruise control full engaged. An almost casual off forehand skips the right side of the sideline as he hold to love. Richard Gasquet's forays to the front have dried up.

    Rafael Nadal
    *Nadal 4-3 Gasquet

    Richard Gasquet holds his serve, but Rafael Nadal looks to be keeping his fiercest strokes on a leash for the time being, saving them for when he might need to break or save some time in the future. At the moment the single break, in the very first game, looks enough to take this opening set.

    Nadal 4-2 Gasquet*

    Rafael Nadal's nimble tippy-toe footwork gets him in position, but there is nothing subtle about the shot that follows as he wallops a forehand down the line for 40-15. He holds the big lassooing finish over his head for a moment as Gasquet watches the ball fizz through the back of the court.

    The game follows and Gasquet needs to find a way to apply a bit more pressure on the second seed's serve, while defending his own from the onslaught.

    *Nadal 3-2 Gasquet

    Richard Gasquet has a short whippy service action and his first ace of the match takes him to 40-30 having lost the first two points of the game.

    There only way forward for the Frenchman this evening is forward. From deuce he darts to the net at the merest hint of an invite and gleefully slam-dunks a smash to take the game.

    There is a lovely old-school style to Gasquet's play when he is forced into these tactics. He looks like he should still be playing in long trousers with lacquer in a handlebar tache.

    Nadal 3-1 Gasquet*

    This is interesting. Richard Gasquet has look at 15-30 on Rafael Nadal's serve. He is blown away at the back of the court though in the next point. Gasquet takes the hint and charges kamikaze-style into the net behind a nothing-much return on the next point. Bold lad.

    It pays off though as he stretches to angle away a backhand volley for 30-40 and break point. Nadal cranks that chunky left claw into action to see that one off. He takes the game, but there were promising signs, both on the backhand and at the net, that Gasquet could cause Nadal a bit of indigestion this evening.

    *Nadal 2-1 Gasquet

    A bit more like it from Richard Gasquet whose serve delivers him the game for the loss of a single point. A quick bit of DIY for the Frenchman who uses the changeover to regrip his racquet. Although he has never beaten Nadal at senior level, the world number nine did prevail when the pair met aged 13. Not sure how much solace he can take from that.

    Rafael Nadal
    Nadal 2-0 Gasquet*

    It is a strangely subdued atmosphere in Arthur Ashe as the crowd recover from the sweat and emotion of the previous semi-final. Richard Gasquet has a decent chance with a mid-court volley at 30-15 down, but his attempt to load it with spin as well as power backfires. Nadal holds.

    NADAL BREAKS- *Nadal 1-0 Gasquet

    Rafael Nadal goes through his fidgity pre-point routine at advantage and break point. The second seed would tug his appendix if he could reach it.

    It has been Richard Gasquet's misfiring forehand that has landed him in this situation. From 40-15 up he flops a succession of them into the net to hand the initiative to the Spaniard.

    Another nervy yank off that wing hands Nadal the opening game. It could be a long, but at the same time very short, evening for Gasquet.

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    Richard Gasquet is usually fourth-round fodder. The Frenchman's win over Milos Raonic in the last 16, from match-point down, was only his second win in 17 attempts to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final. He has been beaten in all ten of his previous Tour level meetings with Rafael Nadal.

    In short, he is up against it. He will serve first, sporting a blue polo shirt sporting a snappy French sportswear logo.

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    Let's have a head count. Everyone still with us? I hope we haven't lost too many good men and women out in that bloody battle on Arthur Ashe.

    Novak Djokovic would be first out mowing their lawn in the aftermath of a nuclear blast. The indestructible Serb has departed the court to make way for Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet. The pair of them are knocking up right now.

    I'd like to say that Aimee Lewis is taking a well-earned break, instead she is putting the finishing touches to Piers Newbery's report, fresh from New York. Mike Henson here on the live text controls.

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    Shohidur Rahman: Wawrinka played the match of his life and still lost

    Oluwa-Burna: Well he is number one for a reason.

    Kamila Morgan: Feel so sorry for Wawrinka, he didn't deserve to lose that

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: There are two ways of looking at this win for Novak Djokovic; not only has he got through, but it might also be the sort of match that he needs to bring him up to the level required for a possible final against Rafael Nadal.


    Stanislas Wawrinka: "It was a great tournament for me. I gave everything but he is very strong."

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    Djokovic informs the crowd he's going to watch the next semi-final, which involves Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet, while eating popcorn. A well-earned treat for the Serbian who has progressed to a fourth straight US Open final and his 12th career Grand Slam final.

    Novak Djokovic

    Novak Djokovic: "Credit to my opponent for fighting until the end. Stan played more aggressive and I had to hang in there and adjust and find my rhythm in this wind. But I am just so fortunate to be able to play my best tennis when I needed to. I guess everyone thought whoever won that game would win the match, so I realised I would have to fight even harder."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH- Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 6-4 Wawrinka*

    Snappers focus their lenses on Djokovic, one photographer seems to elbow the man sitting by his side in the crowded huddle, everyone jostling for position to capture the Serbian's celebrations. A fine first serve from Djokovic has Wawrinka stretching every sinew to remain in the point but eventually he falters, bashing a forehand into the tape. Three match points for last year's finalist. Rash from Djokovic as his forehand fails to pop over the barrier, but he makes amends with a rip-roaring ace to reach his fifth US Open final.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 5-4 Wawrinka

    A hold to love earns warm applause from the Ashe crowd, the New Yorkers appreciative of the ninth seed's gutsy display.

    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 5-3 Wawrinka*

    Djokovic will be a man in his thirties in 2020, a 33-year-old with probably more than six Grand Slam titles to his name. On this showing, he will still have the stamina to represent his country at an Olympics in seven years and he will be doing so at Tokyo as the Japanese city has earned the right to host the 2020 Games. Though, as this match enters its fifth hour, there is no guarantee that this semi-final will be over by then. Oof! A Djokovic serve clips the line, an ace ends an easy hold.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 4-3 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka slipping and sliding on the court, the grip on his trainers fading as are his hopes of reaching the Grand Slam final. At 40-30 he seems to be creaking once again, but he serves his way out of trouble.

    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 4-2 Wawrinka*

    Djokovic, closing in on a fifth US Open final, eases to 40-15, a drop-shot persuading Wawrinka to advance to the net and, with the Swiss stranded, Djokovic pats away a volley. This isn't vintage Djokovic, though, and Wawrinka has a sniff before the Swiss returns sails long. The Serb two games from victory.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: A break up in the fifth against a Grand Slam semi-final debutant, you would expect this match to be a banker for Novak Djokovic. But he has not looked assured as he usually does. I still think he will win, but there may be more drama to come.

    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 3-2 Wawrinka

    Two backhand misses and Wawrinka lets out an anguished groan. It gets worse for the Swiss. He throws the dice, gambles big with a forehand, but the ninth seed's number is up, it seems, as the would-be winner is off target, gifting two break points to Djokovic. The Serb lets Wawrinka off the hook before diving to return a punchy volley and Wawrinka's response is to dump a backhand volley into the tape. Third break point. And the Swiss collapses like a soufflé, a backhand long his undoing.

    Stanislas Wawrinka
    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 2-2 Wawrinka*

    Racquets are mangled, as are the nerves, and hearts must be beating faster after that enthralling game. A crunching forehand into the corner followed up with a volley at the net sees Djokovic home to 15 in a fraction of the time it took Wawrinka to hold.


    Andrew Priestley: That game was the match. Massive save from Wawrinka. Djokovic threw the kitchen sink at him there. Stan to win!

    Michael Grimes: The Nadal Gasquet game needs to live up to this one what a match! Wawrinka to win it for me

    Mark: The X Factor can't come close to this drama at the US Open Tennis. Real drama. Real Effort. Real emotion Djokovic v Wawrinka.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 1-2 Wawrinka

    It's Stan's game finally. Finally.

    It took 20 minutes and 12 deuces but Stanislas Wawrinka whips up the crowd, asking for more decibels, before sending down a big serve to finally see off the danger. That was a big psychological boost for the big man.

    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 1-1 Wawrinka*

    Novak Djokovic's perpetual motion legs help him run down a drop shot to bring up 15-30, before a dipping pass finds its mark for 30-30. Is that the sound of Wawrinka creaking? He gets a slice of luck off the net cord before a blockbuster of a forehand brings up 40-30 and game point. The tennis gods give with one hand and take with the other though. A double fault brings up deuce.

    A Djokovic forehands dips right onto Wawrinka's toes as he decides late on to rush in behind a forehand. Break point. The Swiss pulls that one back with a big groundstroke, but he is feeling the pace now as the game ticks on and the lactic acid accumulates. A big body serve jams up Djokovic to save a second break point. Wawrinka double-faults once more as he attempt to blast the fuzz off a second serve. A third break point. Again, Djokovic falters with a backhand into the net. This game feels increasingly vital, the longer they slug away at each other.

    Wawrinka's attempt at a dinky slice forehand fades south to offer up a fourth break point. Wawrinka misses with his first serve, but a flowing backhand down the line, a mix of elegance and pure guts, is a clean winner to deny the top seed once again.

    Djokovic returns long to give Wawrinka advantage and he greets the chance to seal the game with an appreciative roar. Don't get ahead of yourself yet Stan. Djokovic's defences hold strong to take it back to deuce. Back, forth, see, saw. Wawrinka brings up game point and misses it once again. We are up to 12 minutes and about 400 words.

    Break point number five ticks up on the scoreboard as Wawrinka's backhand floats wide, but Djokovic squanders the chance with a limp second-serve return off his backhand wing.

    This is getting silly now. I'll just tell you who finally manages to string two points together in the next entry.

    Stanislas Wawrinka
    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 1-1 Wawrinka*

    Errors are littering both players' games now. Novak Djokovic misses a first serve at 0-15 before Stanislas Wawrinka pumps a regulation forehand into the netting off his second. Djokovic to 30-15, but that is a pattercake overhead straight back to Stanislas Wawrinka when the top seed had acres of bright blue DecoTurf to aim at. The Serb cannot pick up Wawrinka's squash shot stab return and finds himself under the cosh at 30-30.

    Djokovic plucks an ace out of his pocket to see off the danger though. There are another couple of buckets of sweat to be wrung out of these two before we have a winner.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 0-1 Wawrinka

    Here we go then. Into a decider. Stanislas Wawrinka, sweating and toiling, wouldn't be your pick if you were going on just appearances. The Swiss finds himself in a bit of bother at 0-30, he digs in his heels to take the next three points though. A mammoth rally ensues at 40-30 with Wawrinka plugging away from the baseline and getting his reward as Djokovic hooks a horror of a backhand well wide. Nice escape.

    GAME AND FOURTH SET- Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 Wawrinka*

    Djokovic senses his opponent has been wounded and pulls Wawrinka hither and tither. A backhand into the tramlines from Wawrinka edges Djokovic closer to the set and the Serb levels the match with a cool ace down the middle.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 5-3 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka walking gingerly along the baseline as he prepares to launch his serves but the Swiss can still dazzle, two winning forehands followed by an ace out to the wings allowing him to hold to 15.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet will have seen bits of this match and it will be good for Gasquet to see an outsider, like Stanislas Wawrinka, threatening to overturn a rotten run of results against the favourite. Certainly it is better for your morale than if Djokovic has wiped the floor with him.

    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 5-2 Wawrinka*

    A gentleman in the crowd repeatedly yells "come on", I assume to Wawrinka after the Swiss conjures another stunning backhand winner to level at 30-30. But Djokovic nicks the next two points and it is the Serb who ends the game with a stentorian "come on" of his own.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 4-2 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka bouncing back onto the court, though a lame second serve into the middle of the net suggest all is not right with the Swiss. A 113mph first serve and something has taken the spark out of the ninth seed's serve. His groundstrokes are a-OK, however, and Wawrinka runs around to his forehand, producing a winner to nudge ahead to 40-30. A faulty backhand from Djokovic follows and Wawrinka lives on.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: If Stanislas Wawrinka has an injury that is going to seriously hinder him he will try and take the ball on and bring the rallies to an early end. Novak Djokovic is the worse player to be facing when you are in that situation. He will pull you every which way.

  73. 2013: 

    Wawrinka has left the court to receive treatment on an, as yet, unknown injury. Some pundits are talking of the Swiss throwing in the towel, though it must be too early for such talk. In the meantime, Djokovic is on his feet, towel around his neck, and complaining about the length of Wawrinka's time out.

    CELEB SPOT!- Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 4-1 Wawrinka*
    Anna Wintour

    The Big Apple's great and good are taking in this hum-dinger of a match. Anna 'Nuclear' Wintour, editor-in-chief of American Vogue and keen tennis fan, is among them. There surely won't be many pages in the next edition of Vogue so regular has Wintour been present on Ashe over the last fortnight. Back to the tennis, there's craft from Djokovic as a deft backhand eases him to 40-0 and the Serb completes a hold to love as Wawrinka, forced onto the backfoot, nets.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 3-1 Wawrinka

    Fine net play from Wawrinka, though it needed two volleys from the Swiss to finally quash Djokovic. The 28-year-old eases to 40-15, but a sparkling backhand winner followed a Wawrinka error forces the game to deuce. HawkEye confirms a Djokovic forehand was long by the slenderest of margins and Wawrinka wraps up the game with a backhand volley. That's all there's to say about that.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: Stanislas Wawrinka looks tired and the match seems to have caught up with him pretty quickly. If he loses a second break in this set he may well give up on the set for good.

    YOU CANNOT BE SERIOUS- Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 3-0 Wawrinka*

    Wawrinka loses his cool, whacking his racquet onto the ground before snapping his weapon with a little help from his knee. The Swiss is deducted a point for his tantrum, though the crowd regarded that passage as entertainment. A standing ovation from the Swiss. A hold to 15 from Djokovic and Wawrinka might already be preparing for a fifth set.

    Stanislas Wawrinka
    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: When you get tired on your serve you do not push up and into your action as you should. On that final second serve, Stanislas Wawrinka was about a foot short of getting over the net. That is not a good sign.

    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 2-0 Wawrinka

    Opening two points go Djokovic's way. A drop-shot from Wawrinka which Djokovic pounces on, slapping away an overhead volley. Triple break points. The Swiss punches from the ropes, earning two points for his effort, but a tired-looking double fault from Wawrinka sends him to heartbreak hotel.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: Novak Djokovic is not walking around the court like a world number one at the moment. His body language is not good.

    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 1-0 Wawrinka*

    Which way will the pendulum swing in this set? Stay tuned, folks, just stay tuned. Wawrinka a set away from reaching his first Grand Slam final and if he does achieve that feat it will be thanks to his boomtastic backhand, which earns him two further points on the Djokovic serve for 15-30. But the Serb negates the danger, mainly because of Wawrinka's wayward hitting.

    GAME AND THIRD SET- *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 Wawrinka

    After slugging it out to 30-30, both players wipe their sweaty visages with pristine white towels. Attempting to reach a Grand Slam final is strenuous work and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Another epic rally... 33 strokes, 34 strokes, from tramline to tramline they go, lunging, grunting, stretching every sinew, before Djokovic, usually marathon man, nets on the 35th shot. Wawrinka one point away... Djokovic again fails to negotiate the barrier and Wawrinka roars.


    Arya Tabrizi: Wawrinka re-calibrating his balance between aggression and consistency and winning a great rally as a result

    Maria Fiorentino: looking like a 3hr+ match... happiest man in New York must be Nadal right now..

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: You thought that Novak Djokovic has turned the corner after that second set tie-break but he has threw in a few lousy errors and couldn't buy a first serve. It was a mid-boggling game from the world number one. Apart from one big forehand Stanislas Wawrinka did not really do anything, but he breaks to love.

    WAWRINKA BREAKS- Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-5 Wawrinka*

    A faulty Backhand... Forehand wide... Another wild forehand into the tramlines... Three break points Wawrinka! The Swiss, swinging from side to side as he crouches to face the Djokovic serve, glaring at his rival, as if to ask "what have you got for me, Novak?" The answer is another easy point as a forehand plonks into the tape. Wawrinka breaks to love without having to put any mileage on his trainers.

    Stanislas Wawrinka
    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    I think that this set is coming to a head now. In the first few games the two players were feeling each other out and it would have been a good time to head out and get a cup of tea. Now though we are approaching the business end.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-4 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka could be in trouble, he's allowed Djokovic to sneak 15-30 in front. "Out" yells a line judge as he watches Djokovic screw a forehand wide, though the Serb must have been off target by the width of an eyelash. To 30-30 we go... another one of those epic baseline rallies ensues... a momentum turning forehand from Wawrinka forces Djokovic to net. The Swiss comes through a tricky test.


    Callum Rymer: Those unforced errors are starting to become costly for Wawrinka, but he needs winners to have any chance

    Lauren: Come on Stan! I would love to see someone different in the final for once! Mix it up a little.

    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 3-3 Wawrinka*

    The intensity dips slightly, the players perhaps preparing themselves for the more fiercely contested games which will come their way as this set comes to a close. Wawrinka goes for the winner... but mis-hits his forehand and the camera goes in search of Sir Richard Branson, who is sitting next to Djokovic's girlfriend. The pair are giggling like teenagers. Celebrities today...

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 2-3 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka scoops a forehand beyond the baseline to give Djokovic a sniff at 30-30, but the Swiss has ice running through his veins and a forehand volley followed by a superb crosscourt backhand winner concludes the game in the 28-year-old's favour.

    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 2-2 Wawrinka*

    Three teenagers in the front seats are frantically waving, they seem to have discovered that their cherubic faces are on the big screen. The semi-final which is unfolding before them seems to be merely a sideshow, but not to us of course. Now, where were we? Ah, yes, it's 30-30 and we've just entered the second hour of this match. Wawrinka has Djokovic worried, but the Swiss lets his opponent off the hook - a backhand into the barrier allowing the Serb to level.

    Novak Djokovic

    Jonathan Solomons: Regroup, focus, don't let loss of second set distract you, come on Stan, you can do this!

    Jamie Scott: Djokovic still struggling to handle Wawrinka's power - this from a guy who coped with Delpo's 100mph forehands at Wimbledon.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 1-2 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka looking comfortable at 40-0, though a rash forehand gives Djokovic his first point of the game and some hope. That proves to be the Swiss's only error and both players serving with aplomb in the early stages of this set.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: It is almost like both players are regrouping after that second set-tie-break. Neither has put their stamp on this third set so far.

    Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 1-1 Wawrinka*

    Djokovic beginning to grunt and groan as he attempts to steamroll his opponent from the baseline. Plenty of effort from the Serb as he punches away at the back of the court. A trouble-free hold.

    *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 0-1 Wawrinka

    A brief respite for the players, Djokovic deciding to put on a clean shirt. Wawrinka's grip on this contest seems to be loosening and Djokovic, nostrils flaring, is bouncing on the baseline, preparing to strike. A double fault gifts the top seed a break point and the Swiss responds by angrily whacking the ball towards the cheaper seats. Some patrons on Ashe hiss, they think they're at a pantomime, but Wawrinka is no comedy villain and the Swiss strengthens his case to be one of his sport's leading men by coming through his mini blip to authoritatively hold.

    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    Djokovic takes it 7-4, one set all. Tough one for Wawrinka to take but reckon he'll go again, still fancy 5 sets.


    Andrew Priestley: This 2nd set tie-break is absolutely crucial. Whichever player wins will be favourite to win the match. Momentum is everything

    Lea-Rebecca: Djokovic making it harder for Wawrinka at the end of this second set. Would be great to see Stan get the set still

    TIE-BREAK- *Djokovic 2-6 7-6 (7-4) Wawrinka

    Djokovic in control, sending Wawrinka lunging from tramline to tramline, before producing a thunderous forehand winner. First blow of the tie-break to Djokovic. Forehand long from Wawrinka and Djokovic has a mini-break, though Wawrinka reduces the arrears to 2-1 when a Djokovic backhand sails into the tramlines. Wow! Wow! Wow! That single-handed backhand is a thing of beauty and leaves Djokovic floundering at the net and we're with serve at 2-2. But a double fault ruins Wawrinka's good work and Djokovic is 4-2 ahead at the changeover.

    A hot forehand winner from Wawrinka and when I say it was hot - it was steamin'. Djokovic, however, responds with a forehand winner of his own to eke a 5-3 advantage and a clumsy backhand from Wawrinka presents the Serb with three set points. Forehand into the tape from Djokovic... Can Wawrinka wriggle free? No, not at all. Sublime returning from the Serb and we're level!

    Novak Djokovic
    *Djokovic 2-6 6-6 Wawrinka

    Double fault from Wawrinka. Is he going to let Djokovic off the hook? Nope. He overtakes his rival, and ends the game with a winning forehand into the corner and a booming ace. Boom!

    Djokovic 2-6 6-5 Wawrinka*

    Wawrinka pushes a volley into the tape, his 17th unforced error of the match, and the Swiss then sends a forehand long on what transpires to be the last point of the game. Djokovic has his nose in front.

    *Djokovic 2-6 5-5 Wawrinka

    Pressure? Tension? Nerves? Nah. Wawrinka, serving to stay in the set, opens with an ace. Forehand into the tape from Djokovic and the top seed slips on the baseline, losing grip of his racquet as he falls onto his backside. There is no need to dial 911, though, as the Serb is back on his feet and a baseline slug-fest ensues before a cute drop-shot from Djokovic sends Wawrinka scampering... The Swiss responds with an angled volley which Djokovic somehow manages to retrieve, much to the delight of the mesmerised crowd, and we're at deuce. A humdinger of an ace helps Wawrinka over the finishing line, though.

    Novak Djokovic

    Femi Longe: If any player can turn this around, Novak can. Only way for Wawrinka to win is to keep going for the jugular; he won't win easy.

    James Pitkin: Game on. Stan letting rip but Djoko can dig deep

    Jonathon Solomons: Right now it's all about self belief. Nole has it in spades, hope Stan has it too now, this is turning into a cracker!

    Djokovic 2-6 5-4 Wawrinka*

    From the depths of despair, the world number one holds to love and there's more purpose in his stride as he walks towards his chair for the changeover.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: Novak Djokovic was hugging to the baseline in the first set as if he was determined to take the ball early and be aggressive no matter what. Now, he has gone back to five feet or so behind it, given himself some more time and space and it is working for him.

    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 2-6 4-4 Wawrinka

    Spectators on Ashe enthusiastically cheering every Djokovic point, the pre-match favourite now getting the sympathetic support usually reserved for an underdog. He amasses two points quickly... Wawrinka's backhand then drifts into the tramlines - break point Djokovic. The crowd are whistling, they're sensing fireworks are about to explode in this contest.

    Wawrinka turns defence into attack, pushing Djokovic onto his heels, forcing the Serb to go long... But the Swiss balloons a forehand on the next point, the ball is probably still in orbit as I type. We're back on serve. Djokovic clenches his fist, his eyes are like saucers.

    Djokovic 2-6 3-4 Wawrinka*

    Djokovic's feathers have been ruffled, there is no doubt about that. The Serb missing shots he would normally hit with his eyes closed, but he comes through this game, finishing with a cool ace, to keep the pressure on his rival.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: I do think that Novak Djokovic will find a way to win this. I may be wrong, but I believe he still can dig in and change this around. He needs to stop worrying about what is going on on the other side of the court and just deal with his own game.


    Alex Haworth: Wawrinka is simply playing unbeatable tennis at the moment, how is he keeping this standard up?

    Ethan Friskey-Adams: Wawrinka is finding it easier on the Djokovic serve than on his own!

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    The camera keeps focusing on Novak Djokovic's coach Marian Vajda up in the stands who is urging his man on, saying 'this is it, now is the time'. Djokovic looks like he needs a jockey to slap him in the butt a few times and get him going.

    *Djokovic 2-6 2-4 Wawrinka

    If the prospect of nudging further ahead against the tournament favourite is making Wawrinka feel a tad nervous, the Swiss is hiding it well. A nerveless hold from Wawrinka who wraps up with game with a faultless serve and volley.

    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    The crowd are half laughing, half gasping because they can't quite believe this. They have never seen a player do this to Novak Djokovic before. Stanislas Wawrinka is just going through the world's best players like they are nothing. He beat Tomas Berdych, he beat Andy Murray and now he is a set and a break up on Novak Djokovic.

    WAWRINKA BREAKS- Djokovic 2-6 2-3 Wawrinka*

    Wawrinka dominating from the baseline, a crackerjack of a forehand into the corner earning the underdog a break point. Djokovic targeting the Wawrinka backhand with a series of fierce forehands and the ploy pays off. Deuce. Another magical backhand winner down the line from Wawrinka, though, makes Djokovic look like a muggle, but the Serb hangs on thanks to a faulty forehand from Wawrinka. Puff of the cheeks from Djokovic. The Swiss's backhand is on song and it is a shot which sets up Andy Murray's conqueror for a simple winning volley for another break point... The duo tussle from the baseline... rasping forehands follow thunderous backhands... before the Serb waves the white flag by going long.

    Stanislas Wawrinka
    David Law, BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    Novak Djokovic was almost shaking with anger down there at times in that game, shouting angrily into his palm. That was a big hold psychologically for Stanislas Wawrinka.


    New York Time tennis writer Christopher Clarey on Twitter: Alert Serbian-English translators: Djokovic is providing plenty of work opportunities today and sounds spicy

    *Djokovic 2-6 2-2 Wawrinka

    Bravo Wawrinka! The Swiss drags Djokovic towards the net before leaving the Serb stranded with a cute volley. That single-handed backhand, though, falters and the game proceeds to deuce. The Swiss then fails to scoop a backhand volley from his toes and Djokovic has a break point. Opportunity missed for Djokovic, however, a tasty second serve coming to Wawrinka's rescue.

    A mammoth game continues... Djokovic covers his faces with the palm of his hand and shouts at himself in his native tongue as a forehand goes long. A dodgy backhand from Wawrinka, though - second break point Djokovic. The Swiss holds firm. Third break point... A Djokovic forehand bounces long... Backhand long from Djokovic and Wawrinka has seen off the danger.


    Fahad Khan: I think we are all just waiting for Federer to zip open this Wawrinka costume and come out saying "Gotcha!"

    Srinvas Sasank: Wawrinka took the first set 6-1 against Djokovic this year at the Australian Open too - he lost in five.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: If this was a best of three-set match, the semi-finals of a Masters event somewhere perhaps, then I would say that this might already be bye-bye Novak. As it is though, over five sets, there is still plenty of tennis to be played.

    Djokovic 2-6 2-1 Wawrinka*

    Djokovic muttering something or other to someone or other as he walks towards his seat having held to 30. The world number one was 40-0 ahead, but allowed Wawrinka to sow some seeds of doubt in that game, as he has throughout this match.

    Novak Djokovic
    *Djokovic 2-6 1-1 Wawrinka

    Djokovic, chest out, blood pumping a little faster, runs around to his forehand and unleashes a venomous forehand which grazes the baseline for 0-30. The 26-year-old off target once again with his backhand, though, and Wawrinka is back on his feet punching - a forehand winner down the line drawing the Swiss level at 30-30. Djokovic, bashing away from the baseline, but is helpless against Wawrinka's brick-like defence.


    Max, Oxford: Personally hoping for a Wawrinka v Gasquet final, the change would be great for the sport, and who doesn't love single handed backhands!

    81111 is the number for texts from UK mobiles

    Djokovic 2-6 1-0 Wawrinka*

    Djokovic a shadow of his usual self in that opening set, but he comfortably holds the opening game of the second set and strides towards his chair with some purpose.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: That was a horror of a set from Novak Djokovic. The statistics make horrible reading: 14 unforced errors and winning just 11% of his points on second serve.


    Shohidur Rahman: How many double faults is that already from Djokovic? Not looking himself at all, but Wawrinka is making him feel that way.

    Matt Barron: I dont watch much tennis but Wawrinka is looking brilliant. So much power in his shots and constantly causing problems for Novak.

    GAME AND FIRST SET- *Djokovic 2-6 Wawrinka

    It is perhaps worth emphasising that Djokovic has won his last 11 matches against Wawrinka but that counts for little today, it seems, as the 28-year-old collects three set points and launches an ace, full of spin and menace, to secure the set with style.

    Stanislas Wawrinka

    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: There is a long way to go but I'm totally shocked with this score. It is almost like Novak Djokovic is confused by his gameplan to come out and play ultra-aggressively. He needs to go back to his bread and butter.

    WAWRINKA BREAKS- Djokovic 2-5 Wawrinka*

    A third double fault of the match from Djokovic presents Wawrinka with an easy point - the Serb has only won 13% of points on his second serve. Three break points Wawrinka. Easy. And the Serb surrenders with a whimper, another double fault. Some fans on Ashe removing their jaws from their laps...

    Novak Djokovic
    DJOKOVIC BREAKS- *Djokovic 2-4 Wawrinka

    Wawrinka playing with the poise of an experienced old timer, dashing to the middle of the court to tap away a winning volley to nudge to within a point of the game. Djokovic reduced to the role of the apprentice, although, having typed that, a wild backhand from the Swiss allows the Serb to level at deuce. A thumping Wawrinka forehand seems to kiss the baseline, but Djokovic challenges and is proven right - break point! Sloppy from the Serb as he biffs a forehand long. A tango at the net and it's Djokovic who comes out on top as an attempted crosscourt forehand volley from Wawrinka finds the net. Second break point... the Swiss's backhand bounces beyond the baseline and there is hope for Djokovic.


    Sean White: Maybe the mini-demise of Federer has brought Wawrinka out his shell. Nice to see him use his talent and he's a very nice guy!

    Luke Jones: Why are people counting Stan out? He's in the form of his life, possesses a huge backhand and has nothing to lose. Dangerous.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    Novak Djokovic looks like he is worrying too much about the big shots of Stanislas Wawrinka. It is also the first time that I have seen him wearing a hat this early in a match. It always took me a week or so to get fully used to serving when wearing a cap. It throws your orientation a bit.

    Either way he doesn't seem to be the fast-twitch, all-action world number one that we have grown to know.


    1984 US Open quarter-finalist and former Great Britain Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on BBC Radio 5 live: It almost looks like Novak Djokovic is the one who is nervous. It is alright trying to put your game out there, but he seems tight. This is Stanislas Wawrinka's first Grand Slam semi-final and Novak needs to play solidly to see if there are any nerves in the Swiss. Instead he has handed the initiative to Wawrinka.

    DOUBLE BREAK WAWRINKA- Djokovic 1-4 Wawrinka*

    A stunning irretrievable volley at the net from a zany angle by Djokovic suggests we will see some magic from the Serb today, but not for the remainder of this game however. The 26-year-old double faults to gift two break points to Wawrinka... The Swiss returns long but he has one more chance... and he takes it! A rasping forehand crosscourt winner and this isn't how this match was supposed to unfold.

    *Djokovic 1-3 Wawrinka

    Djokovic takes two easy points off the Wawrinka serve for 0-30 and the top seed is swinging from the hips in this game, intent on proving he's the quickest gunslinger in town. But the Djokovic backhand is malfunctioning, and it's that shot - ballooned into the tramlines - which allows Wawrinka to overtake him at 40-30, before the nerveless Swiss consolidates his lead as Djokovic nets.


    Andrew Priestley: It'll take a super-human effort from Wawrinka to beat Djokovic. But if he can replicate the form he showed vs Murray, who knows!

    #bbctennis is the place for all your tweets on the match, 81111 is the text number from UK mobiles.

    WAWRINKA BREAKS- Djokovic 1-2 Wawrinka*

    Wawrinka's chops are caked in suntan lotion, the Swiss hasn't rubbed the Factor 50 into his cheeks properly. He nicks two points off the Djokovic serve and Serb's shoulders droop a little before he recovers to level. A Wawrinka return goes way long, but the world number one then drags a backhand into the tramlines for deuce. Oops - backhand long from Djokovic presents Wawrinka with a break point but the Swiss nets. Chance squandered. Double fault from Djokovic - a 73mph second serve into the tape - for second break point. Decibels rising, tension rising on Ashe... the duo battle from the baseline and it's Djokovic who cracks first, his backhand clipping the net and bouncing long.

    Stanislas Wawrinka
    *Djokovic 1-1 Wawrinka

    Djokovic his usual lithe self, fetching and retrieving, but Wawrinka steps in from the baseline to crunch a winning forehand into the corner. The Swiss drops one point on his serve, but wraps up the game with an ace out wide. The racquets of both players purring at this early stage.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    Stanislas Wawrinka can achieve two things by taking some of the pace off his serve. He will increase his first-serve percentage, but also take away some of the power that Novak Djokovic generates on return.

    Djokovic 1-0 Wawrinka*

    Marvellous from Djokovic. An ace to the wings eases him to 30-0 and his second ace of the match sees him through to a hold to love. Dominant, dynamic, dynamite serving from the Serb.

  139. 1723: 

    It looks like a beautiful day in Queens so the day's first semi-finalists shouldn't need to exert themselves during the warm-up to limber those finely-tuned muscles. I think I heard that Stanislas Wawrinka won the coin toss and elected for Novak Djokovic to serve first, but I'm only 30% certain about that.

  140. 1717: 

    Novak Djokovic followed Stanislas Wawrinka onto Ashe and it was the Serb's appearance which generated the loudest cheers, make of that what you want. For those of you who are interested in the colours of t-shirts and such like, Stanislas Wawrinka is in his national colours - a red top and white shorts for the Swiss, while Novak has opted for a monochrome ensemble.

  141. 1712: 

    The usual superlatives apply when talking about Novak Djokovic's consistency at Flushing Meadows. The 26-year-old is competing in his seventh consecutive US Open semi-final and is attempting to reach his fifth final in New York. But he is, nevertheless, wary of today's opponent.

    Novak Djokovic

    "He's a very complete player," says Djokovic of Wawrinka. "He can play equally well on any surface. He has had one of the best seasons of his life, I'm sure he's very confident and he has nothing to lose now. He's going to go for the win."

  142. 1706: 

    Arthur Ashe far from capacity at the moment but those who are at their seats are on their feet, standing to attention as a teenager, with hair to rival Novak Djokovic's mane, belts out the Star-Spangled Banner.

    Jeff Tarango, BBC Radio 5 live

    When you look at Wawrinka's absolute perfect play in the last round you have to give him a chance. He's hitting the down-the-line shots better than anyone else on tour. He's hitting the ball with power. I think he can attack Djokovic and he's finishing shots better than anyone else right now.

  144. 1659: 

    The 28-year-old Swiss should be confident ahead of this battle, even though he has never beaten a world number one in 12 attempts. Wawrinka has said the turning point in his career was the incredible five-setter against Djokovic in the fourth round of the Australian Open earlier this year. Djokovic took the match, winning the final set in Melbourne 12-10 after more than five hours, but Wawrinka took heart.

    Stanislas Wawrinka with Novak Djokovic

    "My level was there and I could play for five hours against the number one player - and he was quite impressive all tournament," said the ninth seed ahead of this match. "For me, it was a loss but a victory inside."

  145. 1652: 

    Stanislas Wawrinka is competing in his first Grand Slam semi-final but freshers are dangerous beings around this time of year, full of derring-do, exuberance and zip. The Swiss has been performing in Roger Federer's shadow for most of his career, but is probably his country's best player on current form after the ninth seed beat Tomas Berdych and defending champion Andy Murray on his way to the last four.

    Stanislas Wawrinka
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in New York

    Just bumped into Greg Rusedski, looking remarkably fresh after celebrating his 40th birthday last night, and he can't see past the top two seeds but thinks Wawrinka could take it to four or five sets against Djokovic. The 1997 US Open finalist reckons Wawrinka could punch a few holes with his returns, and the key to the match will be how the Serb serves. As for Nadal v Gasquet - straight sets.

  147. 1646: 

    World number one Novak Djokovic and Stanislas 'the party pooper' Wawrinka, as he is known in some parts of Dunblane, will take to the court first and will be followed by second seed Rafael Nadal and his childhood friend Richard Gasquet. Here is what the schedule has churned out for us:

    Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] v Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) [9]

    Richard Gasquet (FRA) [8] v Rafael Nadal (ESP) [2] - Not before 19:50 BST

  148. 1640: 

    Hello! Welcome to live text commentary of the men's US Open semi-finals where we have Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, the world's top two players, competing against Stanislas Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet, two men with one Grand Slam semi-final appearance between them.

    Men's US Open semi-final
  149. 1630: 

    It is always the same old familiar faces which are left standing when a party nears a conclusion. The Djokovic and Nadals of this world, the experienced graduates, are often found baying and snarling for more, their energy levels unaffected by numerous rounds and lung-busting moves. But over the last fortnight their usual companions have been unable to keep apace, with the likes of Andy Murray, Roger Federer and David Ferrer gone before the second weekend. So the indefatigable duo are left with a sophomore and a fresher for company. This evening could be messy, it could be unpredictable, or Djokovic and Nadal could give their inexperienced guests a lesson in how to handle a Saturday night in New York City.

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