This was a feast for the fickle: If you didn’t like what you were seeing at the U.S. Open in the men’s semifinals, just wait a few minutes and let nature take its course.
And it did.
Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka navigated through a variety of difficult conditions and equally tricky opponents Friday. The top-seeded Djokovic prevailed despite suffocating humidity, physical issues and the wildly unpredictable nature and head games of Frenchman Gael Monfils to win, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, in 2 hours 33 minutes.
In Sunday’s final, Djokovic will face No. 3 Wawrinka. Conditions were only slightly better in the Wawrinka-Kei Nishikori semifinal later in the day,...