Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are set for a face-off at the finals of the 2016 US Open. Both Djokovic and Wawrinka advance to the finals after facing though opponents in the semis. The top seeded Djokovic beat Gael Monfils in four sets, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, while No. 3 seed Wawrinka prevailed over No. 6 seed Nei Nishikori, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.
At the semi-finals match between Djokovic and Monfils, it seemed that the 30-year old Frenchman appeared to stop competing in the first set.
“I was completely caught off guard when he just stood there and chipped the ball back and didn’t do much. If I would get to the net he would go for the passing shot and hit some impossible gets and balls,” Djokovic said.
“This is totally bizarre,” former world no. 1 John McEnroe told ESPN. He also once called Monfils ‘unprofessional’.
“I’m very sad to hear that,” Monfils told reporters about McEnroe’s criticism.
According to USA Today, the Serbian owns a 19-4 career head-to-head lead over the Swiss player. The last time they met in a major final was at the French Open 15 months ago and Wawrinka emerged victorious.
Djokovic and Wawrinka advance and will meet in the men’s final on Sunday. According to BBC, the world number 1 will attempt to win his third US Open and 13th Grand Slam title, while Wawrinka is going for a third major victory and first at Flushing Meadows.
In their website, ATP Would Tour said that the Djokovic’s win over Monfils, he has now reached seven of the past eight Grand Slam tournament finals. The only missing is the one from the Wimbledon where he lost in the third round to American Sam Querrey.
The women’s finals will happen on Saturday with No. 2 Angelique Kerber set to face 10th seed Karolina Pliskova.
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