Djokovic and Ferrer set up US Open semi

NEW YORK, Sept 6, 2007 (AFP) – Serb shot-maker Novak Djokovic and Spanish grafter David Ferrer on Thursday set up a US semi-final showdown for a possible challenge to top seed and defending champion Roger Federer. Dvkovic, the 20-year-old revelation of the year, showed remarkable composure in defeating Spanish veteran Carlos Moya 6-4, 7-6 (9/7), 6-1.

Ferrer, better-known as a never-say-die claycourter, reached his first Grand semi by brushing aside the challenge of Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Chela 6-2, 6-3, 7-5.

The two have met three times previously with Ferrer holding a 2-1 advantage, although Djokovic won their only hardcourt encounter to date at Indian Wells in March.

Red-hot favourite Federer was already through to the semi-finals with his straight sets defeat of Andy Roddick late Wednesday.

The Swiss star will take on Russia’s Nikolay Davydenko, against whom he has a perfect 9-0 record including a straight-sets win in last year’s semi-finals at Flushing Meadows.

Rarely, all four quarter-finals resulted in straight-set victories. Both semi-finals will be played on Saturday.

Djokovic, who rose to No. 3 in the world after he beat Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Federer one after the othe