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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal reach final

Updated: September 11, 2011, 11:12 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Facing two match points against a beloved player whose name is already in the history books, Novak Djokovic clenched his jaw, nodded his head and flashed an ever-so-slight glimpse of a smile.

"I would lie if I say I didn't think I'm going to lose," Djokovic said.

Might as well go down swinging then, right?

He turned violently on a wide, 108 mph serve from Roger Federer for a cross-court, forehand winner that barely nicked the line. The fans in Arthur Ashe ...

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