Novak Djokovic relieved to reach US Open last four

Novak Djokovic is happy with his response after dropping his first set at this year's US Open.

World number one Novak Djokovic has expressed his relief after advancing to the semi-finals of the US Open on Thursday.

The Serbian recovered from dropping his first set of the tournament to see off Mikhail Youzhny 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-0 in the last eight at Flushing Meadows.

Following his victory, Djokovic revealed that he was pleased with his response to dropping a set against the Russian.

"It was never going to be an easy match against Mikhail in the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam, and I was aware of his qualities and ability to come back," said Djokovic in a press conference.

"After I lost the third set I definitely tried to regroup and focus on every point individually and start playing the same game that I had in first two sets.

"It was important to get the early break in the fourth. I have done that, and after that I really felt a big relief on the court and just went for my shots and played great."

Djokovic will face Stanislas Wawrinka in the final four.

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