|Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating David Ferrer in their men's singles semifinals match at the U.S. Open in New York on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
FLUSHING MEADOWS, N.Y. - Novak Djokovic is back in the U.S. Open final after completing a rain-delayed semifinal victory over David Ferrer on Sunday.
Djokovic looked lost during the start of the match Saturday, trailing 5-2 in the first set when play was halted because of weather issues. He completely turned it around on Sunday in much more serene conditions and posted a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory to reach his third straight final at Flushing Meadows.
On Monday, the Serbian star will meet Olympic champion Andy Murray, who advanced Saturday with a four-set win over Tomas Berdych. It will mark the fifth straight Monday finish for the men at the USTA National Tennis Center.
"He's obviously playing well and going to be very motivated to try and get his first Grand Slam title," said Djokovic. "Hopefully we can play our best tennis and put on a good show for the crowd."
Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal last year to win his first U.S. Open title, avenging a loss to the Spanish superstar the previous year. Djokovic also lost in the 2007 U.S. Open final against Roger Federer.
Ferrer played better in the windy conditions on Saturday, then held serve when play resumed on Sunday to finish the opening set, but things turned quickly the other way.
Djokovic won the first five games of the second set, then converted a pair of breaks in the third and finished it with an ace. Ferrer never recovered and went down 0-4 in the fourth. Djokovic completed the match with a volley.
"Every day is different," said Ferrer. "Today, Djokovic, he played better than me. Yesterday, with the wind, I started really good, but finally he won."
The second-seeded Djokovic won his second straight Australian Open back in January and on Monday will try for his sixth Grand Slam title. It will be his third final of 2012, having fallen to Nadal in the French Open title match in June.
Murray has yet to win a Grand Slam title in four previous final appearances, although he finally came through with a big championship earlier this summer by toppling Federer for the gold medal at the London Olympics.
Djokovic and Murray will meet for the fifth time this year, having split the first four matchups. Djokovic won in the semis of the Australian Open and in the final at the Miami Masters, while Murray claimed semifinal wins in Dubai and the Olympics.
The only previous Grand Slam final between the two ended with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 Djokovic rout at the 2011 Australian Open. Djokovic owns an overall mark of 8-6 against the Scotsman.
Should Murray win on Monday, it would mark the first year since 2003 that there were four different Grand Slam winners. After Djokovic won in Melbourne and Nadal titled at Roland Garros, Federer beat Murray for the Wimbledon crown in July. Back in 2003, Andre Agassi won the Australian Open, Juan Carlos Ferrero captured the French crown, Federer took Wimbledon and Andy Roddick claimed the U.S. Open championship.