Novak Djokovic races to straight sets US Open win over Marin Cilic
Last Updated: 12/09/15 9:19pm
Novak Djokovic produced a one-sided demolition of defending champion Marin Cilic in the US Open semi-finals.
The world No 1 had won all 13 of his previous matches against Cilic and he dethroned the Croatian in humbling fashion, sealing a 6-0 6-1 6-2 victory at Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic, who is hoping to add to his 2011 title, has now reached every single Grand Slam final this year and he awaits the winner of the all-Swiss semi-final between Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka.
An ankle injury had hampered Cilic's campaign and his cause was not helped by a misfiring serve, with Djokovic bringing up a succession of break points as he breezed through the opener.
Cilic did not even reach game point until the second set, briefly levelling at 1-1, but the top seed continued to take the match away from him as he picked up three more breaks.
A subdued crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium did greet a fleeting moment of defiance from Cilic, who fashioned a break of his own in the third set.
Djokovic quickly removed this blemish from his polished display, thumping a forehand winner on the way to another break, and he would add two further breaks before securing victory in just 85 minutes.
"It's a great achievement and I'm very proud of it," said Djokovic, when asked about reaching his fourth Grand Slam final this year.
"These are the tournaments where you want to perform your best. Grand Slams are the most important events that we have in our sport and this is the most special stadium we have as well, so thank you for coming out and supporting the tennis."