Djokovic crushes Cilic in US Open semifinal

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NEW YORK (AP) Novak Djokovic is into his sixth U.S. Open final, and he knows this much: He’ll be well-rested for his match against a Swiss opponent.

In the most lopsided men’s semifinal at the tournament in the Open era, the top-ranked Serb routed defending champ Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 in 85 minutes Friday.

Djokovic is 14-0 against Cilic.

The ninth-seeded Cilic had tweaked his right ankle in the fourth round and played a five-set quarterfinal Tuesday. Djokovic said it was clear he was facing a player who was less than 100 percent.

That can be tricky, but he managed the situation to near-perfection. Djokovic had only 16 winners, playing clean tennis while Cilic’s mistakes piled up.

“I came out with a good focus, good intensity, and obviously executed the game plan,” Djokovic said.

Cilic got just 45 percent of his first serves in and lost 78 percent of his second-serve points.

Cilic has had an uneven season since his surprise win at Flushing Meadows last year, but he had played well in returning to the site of his only major title. That all changed against the nine-time Grand Slam champion. Cilic won only 11 points in the first set.

Djokovic reached the championship match at all four majors in the same year for the first time in his career.

In the second semi, Roger Federer, who lost to Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, faces countryman Stan Wawrinka, who beat Djokovic in the French Open final.