Novak Djokovic will look to do his job in setting up the dream final with Roger Federer for a second consecutive Grand Slam with victory over Kei Nishikori in the semifinals of the US Open.
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Djokovic has looked outstanding in New York over the past couple of weeks, with the quarterfinal victory over Andy Murray only emphasising his tag as the favourite to lift the title come Monday.
The Serbian had to pull out all stops to quell the Murray storm, however, in a quarterfinal which saw tennis of the highest order, particularly in the first two sets.
Djokovic will, no doubt, be buzzing with confidence after the Murray win, and the world number one will hope for a similar strong, unrelenting performance against Nishikori.
"I haven't played Kei in a while," said Djokovic. "He's a very, very good player, obviously. I think he's playing the best tennis of his life in the last 12 months. He started working with Michael Chang and he changed a few things in his game.
"He serves very efficiently. Obviously he's very, very fast, maybe one of the fastest on the tour. [He has a] great backhand, great forehand, and he is an all-around player."
While Djokovic's quarterfinal against Murray was brutal in the physical aspect, his semifinal opponent is coming off two equally, if not more, punishing five-set matches – first, against Milos Raonic in the fourth round and then against Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka in the quarterfinal.
"He won against Stan, who is playing some great tennis," Djokovic elaborated on the challenge that he faces on Saturday afternoon in New York. "To be able to come back after winning against Raonic, again five sets, it's pretty impressive. I give him credit for that.
"We both had some long matches in quarters, and the better [player] will win."
There is little doubt that Djokovic is the better player between the two, but if Nishikori, playing his first Grand Slam semifinal, can find those extra gears so necessary to stop the Serbian in Grand Slams, then an upset could be possible.
Djokovic usually just seems to get stronger and stronger as the match wears on – the quarterfinal against Murray showed that to the hilt, with the Brit losing his powers the longer they stayed on the court, while the world number one just seemed to get better.
If the match goes deep, then Djokovic, especially with his big match nous, will be the overwhelming favourite; however, in Nishikori, the 27-year-old will be up against an opponent who actually thrives in the deciding set.
"I always love to play five sets," said Nishikori. "I think I have good records for winning third or fifth sets. It's not like I love to play five sets, but I have a lot of confidence to play in the fifth.
"I get more concentration and my tennis is getting better playing in the fourth or fifth sets. And these two matches [the fourth round and quarterfinal], it's going to help for sure."