No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 David Ferrer both won their matches Thursday at the U.S. Open, finalizing the men's singles semifinals. Djokovic, the defending champion, defeated No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6(7-3), 6-4. The victory preserved Djokovic's status as prohibitive favorite entering the finals and maintained his run of consecutive set victories stretching back to last year's final. Djokovic was far more successful than del Potro on service points, and successfully converted four break points over the course of the match.
Djokovic will next face Ferrer, who needed all five sets (and a fifth-set tiebreak) to dispatch with No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic. Ferrer did what he always does, limiting unforced errors, letting his opponent make mistakes and grinding out the victory. Tipsarevic scored eleven more winners than Ferrer, but also managed fourteen more unforced errors.
In the other semifinal, Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray will face No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych.
In doubles action, U.S. men's doubles duo Bob and Mike Bryan, the tournament's second-seeded team, defeated Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer, and will face No. 5 seeds Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek in the final. The Bryans have won three previous U.S. Open titles.