Roger Federer's semifinal win over Novak Djokovic 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 -- was anything but easy, but Federer has a way of making even the most stressful matches look mechanical and routine.
There were a few exceptions to that banal routine, though: In deep trouble and running back toward his baseline, Federer made an incredible between-the-legs shot past a rushing Djokovic to bring the match to match point. Federer sealed the match with a crushing forehand down the line, and that was that. Novak Djokovic played well well and made his fair share of shots to try and break Federer, but in the end couldn't find the bounces he needed.
This sets up the final between Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro tomorrow at Arthur Ashe Stadium at 4 pm. Ho-hum, la de da, just Federer's sixth straight U.S. Open final. No big deal.