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  • 31 May 2019
    导出博客文章NEW YORK -- Novak Djokovic seemed on his way to a shattering 6-0 first set over
    Gael Monfils when the funky Frenchman appeared to stop playing seriously.With
    Djokovic leading their US Open semifinal 5-0, an uninspired Monfils began
    hitting exceptionally casual returns, which clearly irked Djokovic, who saw four
    set points evaporate.Ive seen strategy changes, ESPN analyst John McEnroe said
    on the broadcast, but this tops everything. Even Sigmund Freud above couldnt
    figure this out.This is bordering on unprofessional. The only reason Im saying
    borderline is because its working.Only to a point, because Monfils eventually
    lost the chaotic and disjointed match 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 on Friday in Arthur
    Ashe Stadium.Djokovic will next face No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, who made his way into
    the final later Friday night by defeating No. 6 Kei Nishikori 4-6, 7-5, 6-4,
    6-2.In head-to-head play, Djokovic leads Wawrinka 19-3. However, Wawrinkas
    biggest win as a professional came over Djokovic last year in the French Open
    final, and Wawrinka has won his past 10 finals in a row.Im really excited,
    Wawrinka said in his on-court interview. I watched the final so many times here.
    Roger [Federer] and Novak are great champions. To play in the final against him
    is going to be special.Hopefully, Im going to be ready.In classic Muhammad Ali
    rope-a-dope fashion, Monfils turned would-be tanking into a tactic. He created a
    distraction, then rushed into the void left by Djokovics waning concentration.It
    happened again in the third set, when Monfils quirky behavior drove Djokovic to
    tear off his shirt after the final point.Afterward, Monfils answered McEnroes
    charges.Im sorry if you think Im unprofessional, but I guess Im working, Im
    learning, Monfils said. I think Im failing, for sure, a lot, but I try to stand
    up. Its tough, because when he calls me unprofessional, he calls my coach
    unprofessional, calls my physio unprofessional -- all my team, actually,
    unprofessional.I have nothing personal [against] him, so Im very sad to heard
    that. Im very sad to learn that such a legend criticized me, because at the end
    what I can say to John is, I want to be the best.Both Monfils and Djokovic
    cramped significantly in the fourth set and called for visits from the ATP
    trainer amid the hot and humid conditions.At times in decisive, tense moments,
    we had many exchanges form the baseline, Djokovic said in his on-court
    interview. Gael is very entertaining to watch, a very charismatic guy. I do
    sincerely hope all you guys enjoyed our battle today.Djokovic stopped short of
    criticizing Monfils style of play.Monfils finished with 11 double faults and 52
    unforced errors.Djokovic benefited from three injured opponents: Jiri Vesely
    (withdrew), Mikhail Youzhny (retired) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (retired).After
    defeating Monfils, Djokovic has played only 13 sets and a total of 118 games.
    This puts him on a record pace for fewest sets and games in an Open-era major
    that featured a 128-man draw and only best-of-five-set matches.Wawrinka has
    played a staggering 23 sets and 237 games.And what prompted Djokovic to tear of
    his shirt?I keep asking myself the same question, he said, laughing. Sometimes
    you dont have answer. Sometimes it just happens in the heat of the moment.And
    how did he bounce back from that?The way I bounce back from that, he said, is
    take another T-shirt from my bag. I already feel better.
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