Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka are in the finals at the 2016 US Open. Djokovic, the top seed, took four sets but came out ahead of Gael Monfils in one semifinal, while No. 3 seed Wawrinka bested No. 6 Kei Nishikori in the other semifinal.
Monfils, the 10th seed, dropped the first two sets to Djokovic but managed to rally back in the third. Djokovic outlasted him, though, and won the match in four sets, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Djokovic got 64 percent of his first serves in, but it was far from a good match for him statistically.
Djokovic hit just one ace, committed 27 unforced errors and hit just 26 winners. Monfils hit 36 winners, a lot more than Djokovic, but he also committed a massive 52 unforced errors. Sloppy play cost him the match and Djokovic is in a good position to build on a strong 2016 and to rebound from his recent struggles at the Rio Olympics, where he lost in the first round.
Wawrinka powered through his match against Nishikori after dropping the first set. He hit 10 aces, got 62 percent of his first serves in and won 76 percent of his first serves. He converted on seven of 13 break point attempts and hit 38 winners.
It wasn't a perfect match for Wawrinka, who also committed 37 unforced errors. Fortunately for him, Nishikori hit 47 unforced errors himself. In the end, Wawrinka won the match, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.
Djokovic and Wawrinka will meet in the men's final on Sunday. The two have a long history, having met 23 times over the years. Djokovic has heavily dominated the series, winning 19 of those matches. Wawrinka does own a recent win over Djokovic, though, beating him in the finals of the French Open in 2015.
Most recently, Djokovic bested Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Paris, also in 2015.
The women's finals will take place on Saturday, with No. 2 Angelique Kerber set to take on 10th seed Karolina Pliskova.