NEW YORK - World number one Novak Djokovic and number two Rafa Nadal set up a mouthwatering men's singles final at the US Open with victories in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows on Saturday.
Monday's U.S. Open championship showdown will be the third in four years for Djokovic and Nadal at the US National Tennis Center after they advanced in contrasting fashion.
The top-seeded Serb booked his berth first by overtaking gutsy ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in a heart-pounding 2-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 6-4 four-hour victory over battling Stanislas Wawrinka, the Swiss ninth seed.
Nadal conserved his energy, dismissing eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-6(1) 6-2 to improve his career record to 11-0 against the Frenchman and his 2013 hard court record to 21-0.
The Spaniard, winner of 12 grand slam titles, won his only U.S. Open crown in 2010 against Djokovic, who claimed his Flushing Meadows title the following year against Nadal. Last year Djokovic was runner-up to Briton Andy Murray.