World No. 4 Alexander Zverev insists you have to play a perfect match if you want to beat Novak Djokovic. Zverev has had success against Djokovic, most recently recovering from a set and a break down to beat the Serb in the Tokyo Olympics semifinal.
Zverev has now been through to the US Open semifinal and his opponent there will likely be top-seeded Djokovic. "Yeah, against him you prepare that you have to play the best match that you can. You have to be perfect, otherwise you will not win," Zverev said of facing Djokovic.
"Yeah, I mean, most of the time you can't be perfect. That's why most of the time people lose to him. Against him, you have to win the match yourself. You have to be the one that is dominating the points. You have to do it with very little unforced errors.
"He is the best player in the world. He is very difficult to beat. But he's still also got to win tonight. He's playing Matteo Berrettini who is in very good form, finals of Wimbledon. I think he's looking forward to that match, as well.
It's going to be an interesting match to watch those two."
Zverev happy the crowd is back
Zverev made his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open last year. Zverev missed out on a golden chance to win his maiden Grand Slam title as he blew a two-set lead in the final against Dominic Thiem.
"Well, I mean, we have 20 plus thousand people in the stadium. That's how it's different. The atmosphere is different," Zverev said. "Last year I think the match we played with Dominic, the crowd would have gone insane.
But there was no crowd. That's the difference. That's what I'm talking about. "It's so much more fun, so much more entertaining I think for everybody to be there when there are big numbers of spectators there."