World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was grateful to the US Open crowd for making an incredible atmosphere following his semifinal win over No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev. Djokovic, who is bidding to make tennis history at the US Open, overcame Zverev in five sets 4-6 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-2 to reach his first US Open final since 2018.
Zverev's magnificent run of 16 consecutive wins was ended by 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic. "I would like to say thank you, because the atmosphere was amazing, the best atmosphere of the tournament so far," Djokovic told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd, as quoted on the ATP website.
"These are the moments we live for. These are the kind of unique opportunities that we dream of every day when we wake up and are trying to find motivation to go out there and do the same things over and over again. "It pays off when you are playing in this incredible stadium with this atmosphere.
Thank you so much for making it special."
Djokovic sets his eyes on tennis history
If Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final, he will capture a record 21st Grand Slam and became the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.
"I'm going to treat the next match like it's the last match of my career," Djokovic said. Djokovic showed his class following his semifinal clash, speaking highly of Zverev. "Alexander is a big champion.
He's someone that I admire on and off the court. We get along very well, he's definitely one of my best friends. We train a lot, we see each other a lot in Monaco, [which] he uses as a base," Djokovic said. "He's a great guy and an even better player. I knew coming onto the court today that it was going to be a great battle."