World number 1 Novak Djokovic will face off once again against world number 2 Rafael Nadal for the US Open 2013 title.
Always a thrilling battle, the contest promises to be a generous show of human emotions, skill, talent and stamina.
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Djokovic withstood a determined challenge to defeat Swiss ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka 2-6, 7-6 (7/4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Nadal though had a much easier passage. He routed French eighth seed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-6 (7/1), 6-2.
Djokovic booked his 12th Grand Slam trophy match, and fourth US Open final in a row, after four hours and nine minutes on his ninth ace.
As for the Spaniard, he extended his streak without losing a service game to 73 before Frenchman Gasquet broke him in the fourth game of the second set. Both players held through to the tiebreaker, which Nadal won easily.
Earlier, Djokovic admitted that his semifinal opponent played more aggressively.
"It was obvious Stan played more aggressive. He played better tennis," he said. "I was trying to hang in there, to adjust. It was tough on both of us. I had to run a lot. I had to find my rhythm.
Nadal leads Djokovic 21-15 in their personal rivalry, which will move past John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl as the most-played matchup in the Open era.
"Novak is an amazing competitor," Nadal said after his semi match. "His results say it. He's one of the best players I've ever seen."