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Summary

  1. Djokovic & Wawrinka through to US Open final
  2. Stan Wawrinka (Swi) beats Kei Nishikori (Jpn) 4-6 7-5 6-4 6-2
  3. Novak Djokovic (Ser) beats Gael Monfils (Fra) 6-3 6-2 3-6 6-2
  4. 5 Live sports extra commentary

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By Matthew Henry and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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So, after two polar opposite matches we know our 2016 US Open finalists, Novak Djokovic will face Stan Wawrinka on Sunday night.

But, before then we have British interest don't forget. 

Tomorrow evening Jamie Murray and partner Bruno Soares will play in the men's doubles final and we'll bring you live commentary right here from 17:00 BST.

Following that, it is the women's final, as Karolina Pliskova takes on Angelique Kerber. 

Join us then.

'The final will be something special'

Some quotes from Stan Wawrinka, who will play Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final.

"It was tough conditions," says Wawrinka. "I saw the first semi-final and it is really humid, really hot and I knew it would be really tough.

"Kei is a tough player and he played well from the beginning. I had to wait and fight and make him a bit uncomfortable and he started to get tired. That is when I put my game to be aggressive. To be in the final is something crazy.

"I'm really excited. I have watched the final so many times here and to play Novak Djokovic is going to be something special. Hopefully I will be ready and let's see what will happen."

Stan Wawrinka
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Awesomely strong performance in brutal humidity from Stan Wawrinka as he beats Kei Nishikori, after losing the first set.

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland
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Jill Craybas

Former world number 39 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Stan has really lifted his level and he had to today as Nishikori came out firing on all cylinders at the start.

Wawrinka finally found an edge in the second set and had more confidence and energy in the third and fourth sets.

Game, set and match

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Stan Wawrinka is into his first US Open final.

Wawrinka struggled early on against an impressive Nishikori but found his game and powers his way into the final to face Novak Djokovic.

He was one point from exiting in round three but is now one match from his third Grand Slam title.

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates
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Two match points

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Big return from Wawrinka right to the feet of Nishikori for 0-15. A forehand error from Nishikori. Stan is two points from the final.

He misses with the next return but wins the next point. Two match points.

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Wawrinka is a game away from the final.

The narrowest of hawkeye decisions goes the way of the Swiss to give him 40-0 before a vicious kick serve seals the game.

The Nishikori supporters in the crowd look like they know the game is up.

What does he have left?

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David Law

Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

I wonder if Kei Nishikori has run out of gas now.

Kei Nishikori
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Another break from Wawrinka

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The crowd are right behind the Japanese player, they want a fifth set. Big groans as he puts a drop shot into the net.

Winner number 37 for Wawrinka takes us to deuce. 

Big trouble for Nishikori as a bad forehand error hands Wawrinka break point. 

He takes it.

Nishikori has broken serve once this set but he must do it again or he is going home.

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Nishikori breaks back!

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A shocker of a service game from Wawrinka. A double fault takes us to 0-40 and three break points for Nishikori.

Nishikori misses a backhand down the line, 15-40.

Big serve from Wawrinka, 30-40.

He's done it. I'm sorry I doubted you Kei. A brilliant rally ends with a Wawrinka passing shot landing just wide.

Do not go to sleep. This one isn't over yet.

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#Nishikori need to shorten the points to stay in this. Can't let Wawrinka muscle him around the court. Easier said than done. #USOpen

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Well said David. Nishikori looks like the deflated balloon, a week on after the party.

He's stopped the rot though. A comfortable hold of serve and Nishikori is still fighting.

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David Law

Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

Kei Nishikori looks like a popped balloon at the moment. He doesn't inspire great confidence that a comeback is coming.

Kei Nishikori
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Stan Wawrinka saved a match point against Britain's Dan Evans in round three but now he's just three games from his first US Open final.

Two double faults from Stan in that game but Nishikori still can't make him pay, his 39th unforced error of the match hands Wawrinka the game.

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David Law

Radio 5 live sports extra commentator

Stan Wawrinka is really hitting a hot streak now. He is wrestling the momentum of this match away from his opponent.

Wawrinka breaks in fourth set

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This is brutal, brutal hitting from Wawrinka now. 

He can't miss, every ball with pace and depth.

A jaded looking Nishikori can't handle it and there is the break to love.

This has been a great match but we may be heading towards a swift conclusion.

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It was all Wawrinka in that game.

Another thumping winner is followed by a delightful drop shot.

He has got it all and Nishikori has it all to do.

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That was a topsy-turvy set.

Wawrinka seemed to have it in the bag before Nishikori came charging back, only to see it snatched away again.

It must be a tough one for Nishikori to take but he's been in this situation before, just two days ago in fact.

Kei Nishikori
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HR: This match is finely poised! Stan has more firepower though and I'm backing him to win in four.

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Jill Craybas

Former world number 39 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

A great response by Stan Wawrinka. He really got aggressive and got rewarded for that. The energy he took from the second set to the third has really benefited him.

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Game and third set

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Set point saved. 

We're at deuce. 

Oh no not now Kei. An awful mis-hit and the ball skies long.

Set point again.

Wawrinka has got it this time. Nishikori comes to the net again but can't return a Wawrinka forehand.

The Swiss player screams in delight again. I think they heard that one in Manhattan.

Set point Wawrinka

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Pressure on Nishikori now. 

He looked like he'd be 5-2 down, then had a point to lead 5-4 but now needs to hold serve to stay in the set.

At 30-15 Nishikori decides to charge to the net, Wawrinka isn't having any of it and thrashes a forehand winner.

Stan's turn to come in. Too much pressure for Nishikori to handle. 30-40 set point Wawrinka.

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Huge moments here.

Nishikori guesses right to return a smash from Wawrinka who then puts a volley wide, 30-30.

Wawrinka didn't look like missing a backhand all night ten minutes ago but he does now to hand his opponent break point.

He saves it though. Brilliant defence. Wawrinka wouldn't have expected this but he's in a real battle just to stay even in this set now. 

A 128mph serve is too much for Nishikori. Followed by a 130mph ace. A huge cry from emotion from Wawrinka, that was a massive hold.

Play back under way and Nishikori holds

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The US Open beat Wimbledon in the roof closing stakes - the players are back under way already.

Nishikori is just as quick in winning the service game and we're back level at four games all.

That is a score that really did not look likely ten minutes ago.

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Remember that rain I mentioned earlier? 

Well it has arrived. 

Fear not though as the Arthur Ashe stadium has a roof this year, remember, but we're going to have a short delay while the roof closes.

I'm not sure who this favours? Nishikori looks like he could benefit from the break but he's just broken serve and has wrestled back some momentum.

Who is still with us? Let us know who you are backing to win from here.

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Nishikori breaks back

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Well I didn't see this coming.

Wawrinka can't find a first serve in the game and Nishikori has break point.

The crowd roar in encouragement and the Japanese world number seven delivers.

This set looked all over moments ago but we're right back on serve.

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This is looking really tough for the man from Japan now.

Two double faults in the game and he's down 15-40.

A Nishikori smash on the next point knocks the Wawrinka's racquet from his hand before we're back at deuce.

Nishikori manages to hold serve and just about stay alive in this third set but he's looking by far the tireder man.

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Jill Craybas

Former world number 39 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Wawrinka has really stepped up his level and is getting good depth in his ground strokes. He is moving Nishikori around the court with his shot accuracy. Wawrinka is showing more positive energy.

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Wawrinka holds and strides to his chair.

He must be pleased at the moment. He weathered the Nishikori storm early on and now is right in charge of this match.

Another backhand flies past Nishikori, Wawrinka's 27th winner of the match.

I don't think there is a better backhand in the sport but I'm open to suggestions...

Wawrinka breaks

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That feels like a big moment.

Those bright yellow shoes of Nishikori aren't moving as quick as earlier on in the match.

He saves one break point with his fourth ace of the match but can't repeat the trick.

It is Wawrinka who strikes first in this third set.

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The third game of this set meanders along and then suddenly gets interesting.

Nishikori hits a return onto the baseline to give himself break point.

He nets with a backhand a point later though and Stan shouts encouragement to himself again.

Nishikori sends a cross court backhand wide and Wawrinka holds.

Ten break points Nishikori has had in this match now, he's only taken two of them. Will that cost him?

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Nishikori is still thinking about that second set.

30-30 and he comes into the net, Wawrinka has a chance for another backhand winner but he misses. I fancied him there, I must admit.

Nishikori scrapes through the game as his opponent hits a lob long. He beat Wawrinka in five sets on the way to the 2014 final, don't forget.

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Jill Craybas

Former world number 39 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Nishikori looks a bit deflated after losing that second set and he has not recovered yet.

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Nishikori looks tired now. 

He's been on court just over 13 hours so far in the tournament but three hours 57 minutes of those were against Andy Murray two days ago.

Wawrinka wins the opening game of this set and the Japanese wanders slowly to his chair, staring at the floor all of the way.

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Jill Craybas

Former world number 39 on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

A great job there from Stan Wawrinka. Nishikori is visibly frustrated, banging his racquet on the ground but I don't know why he is so upset, he is playing great tennis.

Unfortunately for him he didn't get enough first serves in and Wawrinka really stepped up to take that set.

Game and second set Wawrinka

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One hour 23 minutes in and both players are going right at each other now. 

This set is crucial. Both have had tough journeys to the last four and won't fancy a five-setter.

A tired looking second serve from Nishikori is swatted away by Wawrinka and it is set point again for the Swiss.

Long goes a Nishikori forehand. Wawrinka points to his temple, waves to the crowd. He's taken the second set.

One-all. Game on ladies and gents. 

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Good from Wawrinka, he's put the pressure straight back on his opponent with a quick service hold.

Nishikori has hit 18 unforced errors in this match, 15 of those have come in this set.

Nishikori saves set point

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Rod Laver is watching on in the crowd. He looks impressed, as am I.

What a shot from Stan Wawrinka. The rest of us can only dream of a backhand like his as he hits another winner down the line.

30-30, big puff of the cheeks from Nishikori but it doesn't help as he hits a tame drop shot into the net and Wawrinka has set point.

A big intake of breath as a Wawrinka backhand clips the net but falls back on his side. Set point opportunity missed. 

A spinning serve and a backhand error from Wawrinka gives Nishikori the game. He's the one to escape now. 

On we go.

Kei Nishikori of Japan
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Get Involved #bbctennis

Matthew Birch: Is there a more punishing sporting arena than a humid evening at Flushing Meadows? These guys are outrageous athletes.

John Michael Poole: After the way Djokovic must be feeling after his match earlier he'll be hoping this goes well over four hours.

#Wawrinka's got more fire power but #Nishikori's got the variety. Great tennis from both guys. #USOpen