Friday, September 11, 2015

Nole Disposes of Defending Champion in 85 min.

 NEW YORK, U.S. -- No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic wrapped up a comprehensive semifinal victory over defending champion Marin Cilic, 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 in one of the most lopsided victories at the semifinals of a Grand Slam event in recent memory, Friday afternoon at the Billy Jean King Tennis Center.

The Serb won 14 of the first 15 games of the match for a convincing 6-0, 6-1, 2-0 lead before closing out the match in just 85 minutes to reach a fourth consecutive major semifinal. Djokovic is the first player since Roger Federer in 2009 to reach all four finals in a calendar year.

Djokovic has now reached his 18th career grand slam final and on Sunday will take on a Swiss player in his pursuit of his 10th career major title. Djokovic would join Federer, Rafael Nadal, Pete Sampras, and Bjorn Borg as the only players with double-digit men's singles titles at Grand Slam events.

When looking at some of the most lopsided major semifinal victories, Djokovic's win on Friday stands out among the best with Djokovic winning more than twice as many points as his opponent (83-39), giving him a dominance ratio* of 2.61.

At the  2006 Wimbledon semifinals, Federer needed just 77 minutes to dispatch Jonas Bjorkman, 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 with a dominance ration of 2.41 in the straight-set victory. Nadal also had a very lopsided win in the semifinals of his favorite Grand Slam, beating David Ferrer 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in 106 minutes with a dominance ratio of 2.03.

Djokovic had a similar match against Ferrer, beating him 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 in 89 minutes with an incredible dominance ratio of 3.98 in the 2013 Australian Open semifinals, winning two-thirds of the point in the match.

There is no such thing as an easy semifinal opponent, but the way Djokovic eliminated the defending champion was one of the most statistically impressive wins at this stage of a major in recent memory.

*Dominance ratio is a stat from which is points won on return divided by points lost on serve.

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