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Djokovic to stop Federer at the U.S Open

Written by Matt Stevens   
Saturday, 12 September 2009 23:17

Djokovic to stop Federer at the U.S Open - BSN SportsNovak Djokovic hopes to bury the memory of his recent loss to Roger Federer in August, when they meet again Sunday in the semifinals of the U.S. Open in tennis, in which the Swiss play again for the record books.

The game was originally scheduled for today, but the rain that punishes New York on Thursday overturned the plans and semifinals will be played male finally until tomorrow. The final, as happened last year, it's Monday.

Djokovic lost to Swiss world number one, the end of New York in 2007, the semifinals last year and the title in Cincinnati three weeks ago.

Besides going in search of its sixth consecutive trophy at Flushing Meadows, Federer will play their semifinal number 22 of a Grand Slam series, another record in tennis that seems insurmountable.

Meanwhile, Djokovic, seeded fourth, was inspired by photographs of past champions in New York covering the corridors that run through the players before joining Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I think that is why they are there to motivate the players before entering the court," said the winner of the 2008 Australia Open.

"Players have to be very focused and obviously the champions who have won here can be great role models and great examples for us," added the Serb.

Federer can play that role for himself, because with its 28 years continues to break records.

"We need not talk much about him," said Djokovic. "His record at the U.S. Open, we all know his style of play we have no secrets in our game, a question of having a good day. I hope to have a good day and stay focused. "

Federer and Djokovic will be the faces for the tenth second time, with eight wins for Federer.

Meanwhile Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro, the other semifinalists, waiting for his rival from the Spanish Rafael Nadal and Fernando Gonzalez, whose match was interrupted by rain on Thursday and will be completed today.

"Reaching the semis in the four Grand Slams this season shows just how lucky I was to stay healthy," said world number one. Federer also won titles this year at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. "I always believe in opportunity and here I am again in the semifinals, and I have a chance to win the tournament again," he added.

"This is obviously a tough match to Novak. He has won in the past, but I defeated him in Cincinnati and I hope to repeat it and try to win again here, "said the Swiss.

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