Play was stopped with a storm approaching the area. On Sunday morning, they returned to the court. Under bright sunshine with only a wisp of a wind, Djokovic dominated en route to a 2-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 victory. This will be the fifth straight year the U.S. Open has not ended on schedule.
“I don’t feel any problems physically,” Djokovic said. “It was good to have the job done in four sets today. I feel fresh as I can be at this stage of the tournament and looking forward to tomorrow.”
A bit after Djokovic finished Sunday, Murray came to Flushing Meadows for a short work out under the eye of his coach, Ivan Lendl, the last man to lose his first four Grand Slam finals. Lendl, of course, went on to win eight Grand Slam titles and etch his name among the greats in the game.
Murray has been among the top four in the rankings for all but a few weeks over the past four years _ and a consistent presence in the semifinals of the majors, as well. But he has yet to break through, the way his coach finally did. The top three players, Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, have won 29 of the last 30 Grand Slam titles.
“I know how tough it is to beat the top, top players in big matches,” Murray said. “I’ve had some tough losses against him. But I’ve also had some big highs, as well.”