Switzerland's Roger Federer outclassed Novak Djokovic of Serbia to reach his fifth successive U.S. Open final on Saturday but the rest of the day's play was delayed by downpour.
Federer, a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 winner over Djokovic, had to wait 24 hours before knowing his final opponent as the second semifinal between Briton Andy Murray and top seed Rafael Nadal was suspended when the former was leading 6-2, 7-6, 2-3.
Federer, who has won 33 consecutive matches and four consecutive championships at the U.S. Open, is closing in on his 13th Grand Slam title.
Roger Federer of Switzerland gestures after winning the men's singles semifinal against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, the United States, Sept. 6, 2008. Roger Federer won 3-1(6-3, 5-7, 7-5, 6-2) and advanced to the final. (Xinhua Photo)
"One more match," said the former world number one, "is all I need."
The women's final, scheduled for Saturday night between twice champion Serena Williams and second seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia was also postponed until Sunday night. The men's final has been slotted in forMonday.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during the men's singles semifinal against Roger Federer of Switzerland at the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York, the United States, Sept. 6, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)
Not since 1987 has the U.S. Open been stretched to a Monday finish. Source: Xinhua