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US Open Diary – Day 12 Highlights – The Men’s Semi-Finals – 2016

QUEENS, NY, September 9, 2016  – 

Was it the heat that made the game so strange? Or was it two players just trying to figure each other out?

Probably it was a bit of both as 1-seed Novak Djokovic (SRB) defeated 10-seed Gael Monfils (FRA) to move into the Men’s Finals.

Monfils’ sporadically brilliant play was no match for Djokovic, who secured the victory in four sets, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2.

Djokovic will meet 3-seed Stan Wawrinka (SUI) for the top prize on Sunday.

Expect the match-up to be an entertaining one — especially if Djokovic rips his shirt like he did today.

Of the curious incident, Djokovic said:

“I can’t blame Uniqlo for that shirt. The quality is very good by the way. I did rip it once, and then the second time just got out of hand, I guess, in [the] heat of the moment.

“But, you know. it felt nice, because my body could breathe a little bit more.

“But, yeah, I guess, you know, these things happen. Sometimes you’ll see a thrown racquet here and there, a ripped shirt. It’s all in the heat of the battle.”

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TOMORROW’S  WOMEN’S FINAL

2-seed Angelique Kerber (GER) is set to play 10-seed Karolina Pliskova (CZE) in the Women’s Singles on Saturday, September 10, NOT BEFORE 4 PM (EST).

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BEST QUOTE – US OPEN DAY TWELVE

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“F*ck, yes, I’m competing, you know.” — Gael Monfils, responding to suggestions that he didn’t give it his all on the court.

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CELEBRITIES – US OPEN DAY TWELVE 

Celebrities spotted outside Arthur Ashe Stadium: actor Bruce Willis, businessman Jamie Dimon, model Kate Upton, businessman David Koch, actor Jesse Metcalfe, former tennis player Todd Martin, actor Garrett Hedlund, musician Redfoo, actor Norman Reedus, magazine editor Anna Wintour, actor Justin Bartha, actor Jon Hamm, actor Hugh Jackman, former tennis player Jimmy Connors, and actor Jason Biggs.

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US OPEN PHOTOS – US OPEN DAY TWELVE

bruceSUNLIGHTING: Actor Bruce Willis and wife Emma Hemming posing for pictures before watching the Djokovic-Monfils match.

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MAD ABOUT TENNIS, MAN! Actor Jon Hamm also visited the US Open today.

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wawrinkaSTAN THE MAN: Stan Wawrinka practices before his Semi-Final match against Kei Nishikori. Wawrinka beat Nishikori in four sets, 4-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-2, and will face Novak Djokovic in the Finals on Sunday!

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All images unless otherwise noted courtesy of NewsWhistle.

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2016 US OPEN DIARY – LIVE REPORTING – NEWSWHISTLE

Day One – Monday, August  29 – First Round

Day Two – Tuesday, August 30 – First Round

Day Three – Wednesday, August 31 – Second Round 

Day Four – Thursday, September 1 – Second Round

Day Five – Friday, September 2 – Third Round

Day Six – Saturday, September 3 – Third Round

Day Seven – Sunday, September 4 – Round of 16

Day Eight – Monday, September 5 – Round of 16

Day Nine – Tuesday, September 6 – Men’s & Women’s Quarterfinals

Day Ten – Wednesday, September 7 – Men’s & Women’s Quarterfinals

Day Eleven – Thursday, September 8 – Women’s Singles Semifinals

Day Twelve – Friday, September 9 – Men’s Singles Semifinals

Day Thirteen – Saturday, September 10 – Women’s Singles Final

Day Fourteen – Sunday, September 11 – Men’s Singles Final

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