Novak Djokovic qualified for his seventh slam final in nine attempts after recovering from a set down to defeat David Ferrer of Spain. He will face Andy Murray in Monday’s final after his 2-6 6-1 6-4 6-2 victory.
The match would be played over two days and there was clear winners on both. Terrible winds played in Ferrer’s favour as he rushed out to a 5-1 lead quickly even teasing the opportunity for a breadstick when he had an opening at 15-30 as Djokovic served to stay in the set. He would manage to hold and that would be it for the days play due to adversed weather forecast later in the day.
When they returned on Sunday morning, Ferrer would manage to serve out the set but there would be very few high points from then on for the Spaniard. Djokovic would break to love in his first opportunity of the second set as errors began to flow more frequently from the usually efficient Spaniard. Ferrer hit just two winners in total as he picked up just one game and it was looking ominous for him.
When Djokovic broke for a 2-0 lead in the third, it looked all but over but the never say die attitude of Ferrer shone through as he managed to take advantage of a dip in Djokovic’s level, often coming out on top of the lengthier rallies. A 26 shot rally was won by Ferrer in game four of the third set and a few points later it was back to 2-2. The pair would then share love holds before Ferrer buckled under the pressure and handed back the break lead to Djokovic with a weak forehand error into the net. Some big serving from Djokovic would see him comfortably hold for both service games and finish the set off for a 2-1 lead.
Djokovic would also break in the first game of the fourth set but there would be no spirited fight back from Ferrer this time round. Errors were becoming more and more common from the Spaniard’s racket as he coughed up an insurance break for Djokovic – although it wasn’t really needed. From then on Djokovic looked content with what he had and would finish off the match at the first time asking, with a well taken volley to seal the win in 2 hours and 32 minutes.