US Open 2012: Novak Djokovic Reaches Semifinals, Defeats Juan Martin Del Potro

Adam WaksmanCorrespondent IIISeptember 6, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot during his men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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World No. 2 and former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has reached his 10th consecutive Grand Slam semifinals by defeating world No. 8 Juan Martin del Potro.

This was a quarterfinals match between two former champions—del Potro in 2009 and Djokovic in 2011. Djokovic's incredible streak of Grand Slam semifinals is second only to all-time record holder and current world No. 1 Roger Federer.

The win sends Djokovic into the U.S. Open finals for a sixth consecutive year. He is now two matches away from winning back-to-back U.S. Open titles and his second Grand Slam of this year.

Already viewed as one of the best hard-court players of all time, adding the U.S. Open title to his Australian Open title earlier in the year would help his case.

What could have been an epic match ended up being somewhat one-sided. Djokovic easily handled del Potro, winning in straight sets 6-2, 7-6, 6-4.

Current world No. 1 Roger Federer is not still alive on the other side of the U.S. Open bracket. A Federer vs. Djokovic rematch was a match that many people would have loved to see around the world. It is also one that would have had a lot of bearing toward who will have the No. 1 ranking at year's end.

World No. 4 Andy Murray is still there in Federer's place and will be seeking his first Grand Slam title. Rounding out the semifinals are Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer.

For now, Djokovic is victorious and moves safely into the semifinals.


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