NEW YORK — A look at Friday’s in the $46.3 million U.S. Open tennis championships:
WEATHER: Mix of sun and clouds, hot and humid. High of 89. An evening shower forced the roof to close during the Wawrinka-Nishikori match.
RESULTS (Men’s Semifinals): No. 1 Novak Djokovic reached his sixth Grand Slam final in the last seven tournaments, defeating No. 10 Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. Djokovic, a two-time U.S. Open champion, will defend his title Sunday against No. 3 Stan Wawrinka. Wawrinka advanced to his third Grand Slam final, defeating 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2.
ON COURT SATURDAY: Women’s Singles Final: No. 2 Angelique Kerber vs. No. 10 Karolina Pliskova; Men’s Doubles Final: No. 4 Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares vs. Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
STAT OF THE DAY: 53 — Percentage of service games (9-of-17) won by Gael Monfils in his loss to Novak Djokovic. He entered the match winning 92 percent during the tournament.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “First question is, like, ‘You’re not competing?’ … Yes, I’m competing. I made a sign to my coach (to) say, ‘OK, I’m going to Plan B.'” — Gael Monfils, who appeared to feign indifference in an attempt to lull Novak Djokovic into mistakes.
SATURDAY ON TV (All Times EDT): 4-7 p.m., ESPN
ON THIS DATE (Sept. 10, 1994): Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beats Steffi Graf 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 to become the only Spanish woman to capture a U.S. Open singles title.