NEW YORK: Novak Djokovic broke into her sixth final of the US Open on Friday with a 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 defeat of defending champion Marin Cilic in the most one-sided semifinal New York era modern.
The world number one and 2011 champion now awaits the winner of the second semifinal between five-time champion Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, the French Open champion. Romp Friday was the heaviest in the semifinals of the Open Era in the tournament, winning 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 Lleyton Hewitt defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov in 2001. Djokovic has reached the final of all four majors this year, winning titles in Australia and Wimbledon Open and finished second behind Wawrinka in Paris.
It took Djokovic just 85 minutes to dismiss Cilic, whose hopes were undermined by an ankle injury.
The ninth head of Croatian number 37 unforced errors committed and took only 13 points behind Djokovic serve.
“Marin has had a sprained ankle for a few days now so it was very brave to go out and finish the game,” Djokovic, who will be chasing a tenth Grand Slam title Sunday said.
“It’s never easy to know that your opponent is not 100 percent, but I had to show good intensity and stick to my game plan.”
“It’s a great achievement to reach the final of all four majors in the same year for the first time. It is the place where you want to do the best.”
Djokovic entered the semi-final Friday with a 13-0 career stranglehold on Cilic.
There was no sign of him loosening his grip on the first set, which swept in just 24 minutes, allowing the defender just three points on serve champion.