NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Serena Williams of the United States celebrates match point during her women's singles semifinal match against Sara Errani of Italy on Day Twelve of the 2012 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 7, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood, of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for USTA)

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U.S. Open 2012 Results: Novak Djokovic Tops David Ferrer For Spot In Men's Final

Battling for the opportunity to face Andy Murray in Monday's men's final at the U.S. Open, second-ranked Novak Djokovic outlasted No. 4 David Ferrer despite dropping the opening set, topping the Spaniard, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2, to advance to his third straight U.S. Open final.

The two first hit the court Saturday afternoon, with Ferrer dominating early, racing out to a 5-2 lead in the first set before the match was delayed by inclement weather in the Queens, N.Y. area, which included tornado warnings. When play resumed, Ferrer quickly closed out the first set — looking as if the weather hadn't thrown him off.

But things turned quickly in the second set, as Ferrer, who was not broken in the first set, was broken twice by Djokovic. Ferrer himself was not the efficient player he had been the day before, as he suffered from nine unforced errors against just two winners in the set.

It was more of the same in the third set, as Djokovic converted two break points while surviving a Ferrer break. Ferrer's 15 third-set unforced errors likely doomed the Spaniard.

Djokovic easily closed the match out in the fourth set, racing out to a 4-0 lead and topping Ferrer in short order to complete the two-day victory.

Murray and Djokovic will play Monday after weather played tricks with the U.S. Open's traditional scheduling once again. Djokovic holds an 8-6 all-time record against Murray, though the two have split their 10 meetings on hard courts.

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