On-song Federer into sixth straight final
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:48
Federer won 7-6 (7-3) 7-5 7-5 in two hours and 34 minutes to set up a Monday night final against sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, who earlier in the day had beaten Rafael Nadal in straight sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Nadal, coming back from a nine-week injury lay-off, had been outclassed by del Potro but the scoreline in the later match was harsh on Serbian Djokovic.
The fourth seed had played exceptionally well and made each of the three sets competitive with the victory more a statement of world number one Federer’s brilliance in stretching his winning streak at Flushing Meadows to 40 matches.
Earlier del Potro reached his first grand slam final as he demolished third seed Nadal.
The sixth seed from Argentina blew Spain’s Nadal away at Arthur Ashe Stadium, taking two hours and 20 minutes to win 6-2 6-2 6-2.
The 6ft 6in 20-year-old overpowered the left-hander on both serve and return, and with forehand and backhand, to deny Nadal a crack at completing a career grand slam.