Novak Djokovic was in dominating form as he hammered Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 to book his spot in the final of the US Open.
Having been pushed to five sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals and amidst suggestions that he was carrying an injury, Cilic, the defending champion at Flushing Meadows, looked something of a broken man has he struggled to win games, let alone the match.
Djokovic wasted little time in stamping his authority on the match, and within seven minutes he was 3-0 up and the writing was on the wall.
The Serb would break Cilic three times on his way to taking the opener 6-0 in just 24 minutes.
Before Cilic knew what had hit him, he was a double break down in the second and facing a long road back against a man who was playing with great freedom. It was a scary sight for those outside of the Djokovic camp.
Cilic managed to finally get on the board in the second set, but he could do nothing to slow Djokovic down as the top seed raced through the second set 6-1.
Djokovic claimed an early break once more in the third set, but the world number one was not happy with his mental state, with a cry of 'focus' underlining his desire to get off the court as quickly as possible.
For the first time Djokovic showed some weakness at 2-1 up in the third, with Cilic engineering his first break point, one which he duly converted.
Any thoughts that this may herald something of a fight back were quickly put to bed when Djokovic broke back immediately before breaking to love to go 5-2.
By this time Cilic was a fighter down on the canvas and tapping out, and his misery, and his title defence, was ended when Djokovic served out the set 6-2 to take the match in just an hour and 25 minutes.