Novak Djokovic makes seventh US Open semi-final in a row

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Today’s match is Djokovic’s 7th consecutive semi-final at the US Open, the Serb having won the event in 2011 (over Nadal in 4 sets). Djokovic has also made the last four in a Grand Slam for the 14th time in a row. However, for his opponent Wawrinka, this is his first ever Grand Slam singles semi-final appearance (he made the US Open quarter-finals back in 2010).

“It’s going to be a very close match. I think there’s not a clear favorite. He showed today why he deserves to be top 10 in the world.” said Djokovic after his ¼ final victory over Youzhny.

In terms of their respective stats at this years US Open, the positives for Wawrinka are:

He has served more aces (45 to 33)

He has more unreturned serves (34% to 30%)

Has hit the faster serve (139mph compared to 128mph)

Has hit more winners (215 as opposed to 168)

However these seem outweighed by the positives for Djokovic:

He has spent less time on court (8.46 compared to 13.12)

Has won 60% of baseline rallies compared to 49%

Has won 55% of return games as opposed to 29%

Has been broken just 5 times, compared to 9 for the Swiss

Overall, the contrast in styles makes for a highly anticipated match, and if its anything like their Australian open match earlier this year in which the Serb prevailed 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 12-10, we are in for a real treat.

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