US Open 2017: Novak Djokovic reaches final to reach 15th grand slam title

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Novak Djokovic took a step nearer the match late on Sunday evening Novak Djokovic has reached the US Open final to set up a remarkable finale to the…

US Open 2017: Novak Djokovic reaches final to reach 15th grand slam title

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Novak Djokovic took a step nearer the match late on Sunday evening

Novak Djokovic has reached the US Open final to set up a remarkable finale to the season.

The 12-time grand slam champion won the US Open opener against Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets, 9-7 in the third set tie-break.

Djokovic, who has not won a major since Wimbledon in July 2015, will compete for the 15th grand slam title of his career on Monday night.

He will face Stan Wawrinka, who defeated Borna Coric in his semi-final on Sunday.

Djokovic said: “It’s pretty cool. I never thought I would be back here in a major final again.”

The 31-year-old was seemingly out of the game after he announced he was “seeking personal and professional help for my mental health” following his shock first-round defeat by world number 116 Hyeon Chung at Wimbledon last year.

He has since won Wimbledon in July, then the Cincinnati Masters.

‘Best I’ve felt on tour’

Djokovic played the last of his 27 matches of 2017 in Cincinnati last week, losing to David Goffin in the quarter-finals.

He decided to play the US Open because of the short summer months, but admitted he felt “the best I’ve felt on tour” since his return.

Djokovic will be the Wimbledon champion on Monday

“It’s been an amazing journey for me and it’s been one of the most difficult seasons I’ve had,” he said.

“I have to say it’s been really great to have Stan, who deserves to be here, alongside me and hopefully we can end the season on a high.”

Djokovic still has a shot at completing a calendar grand slam this season

Nadal set to take ‘formipresence’ trophy

In contrast to Djokovic, Nadal’s campaign at Flushing Meadows has not gone smoothly.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is the two-time defending champion, but won his only match in the first round against Denis Istomin.

Nadal was edged out by home hope Sam Querrey in the quarter-finals, although the fifth seed did eventually end the American’s 29-match winning streak.

The world number one moved into the semi-finals on Sunday evening with a straight-sets win over Diego Schwartzman.

He will compete for the third grand slam of the season against Grigor Dimitrov in Monday’s other semi-final.

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