Novak Djokovic got a little closer to history Wednesday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where top seed and World No. 1 defeated Italian Matteo Berrettini, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6 -3, to advance to the 12th US Open semifinal of his career.
The Serb is now just two wins away from completing the calendar year Grand Slam, a feat that has not been accomplished in men's tennis in more than half a century. Australian Rod Laver was the last man to sweep the top four in a single season (1969).
The 34-year-old Djokovic extended his Grand Slam winning streak to 26 matches and remains undefeated in the US Open quarterfinals. He also approached what would be a record 21st title, breaking the 20-20-20 deadlock with his career rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
"It was a great game. A lot of energy on the court, also off the court," said Djokovic, who holds the record for weeks at No. 1 (337 and counting). "Matteo is a fantastic player, a Top 10 player. settled down. Every time we face each other, it is always a close battle.
Tonight was no different. When I lost the first set, I managed to forget it, to be in the moment. I was marked, blocked from the beginning of the second set. I put my tennis to a different level. They have been the best three sets that I have played in the tournament so far, for sure”.
Djokovic will have a chance to avenge his loss to Alexander Zverev in the Summer Games when he faces the fourth seed in the semifinals. The Serbian was watching the so-called Golden Slam - the four majors plus Olympic gold - but he fell to the German in the semifinals in Tokyo, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1.
"Against him, you prepare to play the best game you can," said Zverev, who is 3-6 against Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic got a little closer to history
World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently defeated Matteo Berrettini to advance to the semi-finals of the US Open 2021.
The Serbian legend played some really impressive tennis to win the match even after losing the first set. The final scoreline of the match was 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3. Following his victory over Berrettini, former World No.1 Andy Roddick once again decided to have some fun with Djokovic.
He tweeted a special message for him. Even though he didn’t take any names, it was quite clear whom his message was directed towards. “Soul collector,” wrote Roddick on Twitter after Djokovic’s triumph over Berrettini.
It is all a part of a recent happening and it looks like this is Roddick’s response to Djokovic’s latest comments.