The Latest: Djokovic wins bizarre 1st set in US Open semis
NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. Open (all times local):
Novak Djokovic has won a bizarre first set against Gael Monfils in their U.S. Open semifinal.
Djokovic raced to a 5-0 lead Friday, with Monfils looking extremely tight and struggling with double-faults. The 12-time major champion had triple set point while serving at 5-1, and Monfils was seemingly trying to give away the game. But that appeared to rattle Djokovic, and Monfils won that game and held in the next one, slicing everything back to draw errors from his opponent or lure him into the net for a passing shot.
Monfils had two break points at 5-3 to get the set back on serve, but Djokovic saved them to finally close it out.
The second edition of the new Laver Cup exhibition event, pitting six men's tennis players from Europe against six from the rest of the world, will be held in the United States in 2018.
The U.S. Tennis Association held a news conference during the U.S. Open on Friday to announce its partnership with the team event, which will debut in Prague in September 2017.
Neither a date nor site has been chosen for 2018.
Roger Federer, whose management company TEAM8 is behind the Laver Cup, and Rafael Nadal have said they will participate next year, when Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe will be the captains of the two squads.
The format includes three singles and one doubles match each day.
Mate Pavic of Croatia and Laura Siegemund of Germany won the U.S. Open mixed doubles championship in their first tournament together, beating the American duo of Rajeev Ram and CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 6-4 in the final Friday.
Pavic and Siegemund decided to pair up shortly before the deadline to sign up for the draw at Flushing Meadows and did not drop a set during the tournament.
''I have a great partner. Now I know him a little bit better,'' Siegemund said during the trophy ceremony. ''Our games match. He's a great server. Any girl would like that, I guess.''
They will split $150,000 in prize money for earning the title. Neither had played in a Grand Slam final before.
Ram and Vandeweghe also were first-time partners and eliminated defending champions Martina Hingis and Leander Paes in the second round.
Ram won a silver medal in mixed doubles with Venus Williams at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last month.