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US Open 2016 final : Wawrinka beats Nishikori to set up date with Djokovic

Stan Wawrinka outslugged Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.
The third-seeded Swiss took a while to get untracked as 2014 US Open runner-up Nishikori played a near flawless opening set of the semi-final with just two errors.

The Japanese broke Wawrinka to start the second set, but the Swiss started rolling after breaking back in the fourth game and Nishikori, who went five tough sets to upset second seed Andy Murray in a four-hour quarter-final, began to wither.

Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open winner and 2015 French Open champion, broke Nishikori in the last game of the second, third and fourth sets to reach his first US Open final.

Novak Djokovic has downed Gael Monfils to reach a seventh US Open final after a semi-final in which the Frenchman was roundly booed and accused of not trying.

The world number one and defending champion won 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and will face either Stan Wawrinka or Kei Nishikori in Monday's (AEST) final where he will bid to win a third major of 2016 and 13th of his career.

But his 13th win in 13 meetings with the mercurial Frenchman will go down as one of the oddest in Grand Slam history.

In a match of high drama and controversy, Monfils was jeered for an apparent lack of effort as he threatened to capitulate in straight sets.
"The first question is like you're not competing. F***, yes, I'm competing," insisted Monfils to reporters after the match.

Djokovic, the 2011 and 2015 champion, needed treatment on each shoulder, including a medical timeout in the fourth set, as crushing humidity of 60 percent took its toll.

At one stage, the Frenchman even called for a can of cola to help summon an extra level of energy while Djokovic went into Incredible Hulk mode by ripping off his shirt in frustration on dropping the third set.

Monfils finished with 52 unforced errors while having to save 12 of 20 break points.
"Humid," said the 29-year-old Djokovic, now in a 21st Slam final, when asked to summarise the match.

"I think that's all we were thinking about and feeling in the last couple of sets.
"In decisive tense moments we had many exchanges from the baseline and Gael is one of the best athletes on the tour, very flexible."
Djokovic will start as favourite in the final, holding a 19-4 lead over Wawrinka

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