Novak Djokovic will have a shot at a calendar Grand Slam on Sunday in New York after advancing to his ninth US Open final. Novak prevailed over the last year's US Open finalist Alexander Zverev 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in three hours and 33 minutes to secure the 27th victory at Majors in 2021 and move a win away from the first calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.
Novak secured a place in the 31st Major final, matching Roger Federer's record and setting eyes on the 21st Major crown that would put him in front of Federer and Rafael Nadal for the first time in a career. Alexander had won 16 straight matches ahead of the Djokovic clash, winning the Tokyo Olympics and Cincinnati and hoping for more at the US Open, where he stood two points away from victory last September.
The German beat Djokovic in Tokyo and pushed the Serb to the limits on Arthur Ashe Stadium, winning the fourth set before fading from the court in the decider and still failing to beat a top-10 rival at Majors!
Novak Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev in five sets at the US Open semi-final.
Novak claimed seven points more than Alexander, defending nine out of 12 break chances and seizing five out of eight opportunities on the return to seal the deal and emerge at the top.
Djokovic's incredible mental strength played a role again, like many times before, defending four out of five break chances in the final set and converting both break chances to seal the deal and stay on the history course.
Zverev played on a high level in the opener, dropping five points behind the initial shot and breaking Novak at 15 following the Serb's double fault in game nine. Alexander held at 30 in the next one to wrap up the set and make a promising start.
The German made too many unforced errors in the second set, and the Serb used that to grab a double break and take it 6-2. Alexander hit a double fault in the second game to fall behind and sent a backhand slice long at 2-5 to hand the set to world no.
1. Both players earned three break chances in the third set, and Djokovic seized one that gave him the crucial advantage. Zverev produced four fine holds to keep the pressure on the other side, wasting his opportunities and cracking under pressure in game ten when Djokovic broke him with a smash winner to take the set 6-4.
Rager to fight, Alexander served well in the fourth set, grabbed a break in game three and clinched it with a service winner in game ten to force a decider. In a manner of a true champion, Djokovic took 20 out of the opening 26 points in the fifth set to break Zverev's resistance and move closer to the finish line.
Alexander pulled one break back in the seventh game before Novak earned another break at 5-2 that carried him into the ninth US Open final.