Demanding affection from the crowd with a go-for-broke shot and a fist-pumping emotional outburst straight from the Jimmy Connors playbook, Novak Djokovic came up with the gutsy winner when it counted in his U.S. Open semifinal match and beat Roger Federer in an epic five-set semifinal at Flushing Meadows.
Facing two match points against the great champion Federer, Djokovic turned on a 108-mph serve from Federer, zinging a cross-court winnerjust shy of the line. Djokovic raised his hands to the pro-Federer crowd and got the emotioal boost he was seeking. He was stoked, saved another match point and rallied from a two-set deficit for a 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 victory that sends him to Monday’s final.
“It was definitely the biggest win of this year, one of the biggest wins of the career under the circumstances,” Djokovic — now 63-2 in 2011 — said. “Roger was in control [after two sets], playing better. I switched gears and played much better over three sets.”
Afterward, with the crowd in the palm of his hand and because he’s nothing if not a devotee of the post-victory shaking of the groove thing, he danced a little.