Kaia Kanepi

Djokovic knows the drill

NEW YORK — Here he is again, Novak Djokovic, for the fourth straight year advancing to the semifinals of the U.S. Open. The 23-year-old from Serbia got to the finals in 2007 and the semifinals the last two years.

Djokovic, seeded third, had no trouble Wednesday with 17th-seeded Gael Monfils, a gifted shot-maker who chose to ignore the contentious conditions with winds that gusted to 20 mph at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

While Monfils was trying never-before-seen twisting, leaping, around-his-leg shots that went nowhere they were supposed to go, Djokovic was strategically timing his advances to the net, keeping his serve under control and beating Monfils 7-6 (2), 6-1, 6-2.