Djokovic and Federer do battle again
Novak Djokovic thrashed defending champion Marin Cilic to set up a US Open final date with Roger Federer, who has yet to drop a set.
Unlike the women's singles at the US Open, where the top two seeds surprisingly lost in the semi-finals, there were no such surprises in the men's.
Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were both seeded to meet in the New York final and they obliged to renew their rivalry on Sunday evening at Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic, world number one, is bidding for his third Grand Slam win this year, having triumphed in the Australian Open and at Wimbledon, beating Andy Murray and Federer in the respective finals.
His only loss in this year's majors has been in the final of the French Open, the one Grand Slam to have so far eluded him, where Stan Wawrinka caused an upset.
His season as a whole however has justified his position as the best player in the world. Apart from the Grand Slams he also won Masters events in Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome and has continued that form in New York.
He conceded just three games in beating Joao Souza in the first round and enjoyed straight-sets victories over Andreas Haider-Maurer and Andreas Seppi to reach round four.
There he lost his first set of the tournament against Roberto Bautista Agut but came through in four to progress through to the last eight.
Facing the always difficult Feliciano Lopez he again lost a set, but once again came through in four and, in the semi-finals, against last year's US Open champion Marin Cilic, he had no further problems.
As it turned out, the match was statistically the most one-sided semi-final since the beginning of the Open era as the Serb won in less than 90 minutes, 6-0 6-1 6-2. He broke the Croat's serve eight times in total and Cilic, who had been carrying an injury, never looked in a position to pose any sort of threat to Djokovic's progression through to the final.
There he will again meet Federer who is another man in supreme form. He has enjoyed straight-sets victories throughout his run to the final, beating Leonardo Mayer, Steve Darcis and Philipp Kohlschreiber to face John Isner in the fourth round.
The big-serving American proved a tricky opponent and, unsurprisingly two of the sets went to tie-breaks. However, Federer prevailed on the big points and came through to meet Richard Gasquet in the last eight.
The Frenchman, who has had a good year on the tour, could not threaten Federer who won 6-3 6-3 6-1 to set up a meeting with compatriot Wawrinka in the semi-final.
The French Open champion had chances in the first set, getting break points on the Federer serve, but he failed to convert any of them and once the second seed claimed the set, he was always in control, winning through in just 92 minutes.
It therefore brings Djokovic and Federer back together just a few weeks since their meeting in the Wimbledon final. That was a four-set victory for the Serb and, though the head-to-head record between the two men is even; Federer winning 21 to 20 for Djokovic, it is the world number one who has the better record in recent years including victories in the last two Wimbledon finals.
The last time they met in New York was in the 2011 semi-final which was again won by Djokovic, though only after coming back from two sets down.
If this year's final is anything like as close, the latest meeting between the two best players in the world could be a classic.