Novak Djokovic advanced to his seventh U.S. Open final by besting Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 on Friday.
And it was a tough battle for both men as temperatures reached the upper 80s with high humidity during their two-hour match at Flushing Meadows in Queens, New York. Both players were visibly affected by the stifling conditions. And at times, it looked as though the normally showy Monfils had given up and the Frenchman received boos from the crowd.
The jeers apparently energized Monfils, who rallied back in the third set — so much that at one point, Djokovic ripped his shirt, Hulk-style, in frustration.