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US Open: Day 11

Novak Djokovic survived a brutal test from former champion Juan Martin del Potro to storm into the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Thursday and stay on course to defend his title. The Serbian was at his brilliant best, producing 43 breathtaking winners and scrambling around the Arthur Ashe Stadium center court like a golden retriever, fetching everything the towering Del Potro threw at him. Djokovic eventually won 6-2 7-6 6-4 to go into the last four as the only man yet to drop a set in the tournament but the scoreline did not reflect the intensity of a match where he was pushed to the limit. Djokovic's next opponent is the Spanish baseliner David Ferrer, who won a four and a half hour slugfest with Djokovic's countryman Janko Tipsarevic. – Photos by AFP

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina leans on the net during his men's singles quarterfinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina leans on the net during his men's singles quarterfinal match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
(Left to Right) John McEnroe, actor Adam sandler, actor Colin Quinn, Jim Courier and actor Kevin James pose during an exhibition match at the 2012 US.
(Left to Right) John McEnroe, actor Adam sandler, actor Colin Quinn, Jim Courier and actor Kevin James pose during an exhibition match at the 2012 US.
Actor Adam sandler plays a shot while pairing with John McEnroe against Jim Courier and Kevin James during an exhibition match at the 2012 US Open.
Actor Adam sandler plays a shot while pairing with John McEnroe against Jim Courier and Kevin James during an exhibition match at the 2012 US Open.
Comedian Kevin James catches a tennis ball while holding a banana during a celebrity doubles match on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Comedian Kevin James catches a tennis ball while holding a banana during a celebrity doubles match on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia slips on the court against David Ferrer of Spain during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia slips on the court against David Ferrer of Spain during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
David Ferrer of Spain hits a return to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament in New York.
David Ferrer of Spain hits a return to Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia during their men's singles quarterfinal match at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament in New York.
Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia returns a shot against David Ferrer of Spain during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2012 US.
Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia returns a shot against David Ferrer of Spain during their men's singles quarterfinal match on Day Eleven of the 2012 US.
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns a shot against Victoria Duval of the United States during Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Eugenie Bouchard of Canada returns a shot against Victoria Duval of the United States during Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Samantha Crawford of the United States in action during her girls' singles second round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Samantha Crawford of the United States in action during her girls' singles second round match against Belinda Bencic of Switzerland on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic play against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain during Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Leander Paes of India and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic play against Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez of Spain during Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Francoise Abanda of Canada returns a shot during her girls' singles second round match against Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Francoise Abanda of Canada returns a shot during her girls' singles second round match against Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point after his men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eleven of the 2012 U.S. Open.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates match point after his men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eleven of the 2012 U.S. Open.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot during his men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns a shot during his men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia hugs Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina after their men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.
Novak Djokovic of Serbia hugs Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina after their men's singles quarterfinal match against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina on Day Eleven of the 2012 US Open.

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