2021 US Open: Novak Djokovic tops Alexander Zverev in Olympic rematch, now headed to Sunday’s closing

Novak Djokovic fell to Alexander Zverev within the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, however on Friday he received his revenge and is now a win away from historical past. In an exhilarating five-set battle in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Djokovic defeated Zverev, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, to achieve the US Open closing. Djokovic can attain No. 1 on the all-time Grand Slam trophy checklist and change into the primary calendar-year Grand Slam winner in 52 years with a win within the closing. 

Zverev took the primary set, 6-4, however Djokovic stormed again to win the second and third by scores of 6-2 and 6-4, respectively. That third set contained a historic 53-shot rally, the longest in US Open semifinals historical past and Djokovic’s profession. After the match, Djokovic mentioned he was going by means of a “hurricane” or “twister” throughout that 53-shot rally. 

With a powerful 6-4 fourth set, Zverev compelled a fifth to undoubtedly determine who was going to the US Open closing. An animated Djokovic withstood a valiant effort from Zverev to dominate that closing set, 6-2, and punch his ticket. Djokovic is now 36-10 all-time in five-set matches and 7-3 general towards Zverev. 

“He is an incredible man and a good higher participant,” Djokovic mentioned of Zverev. “I knew coming onto the courtroom in the present day it was going to be an incredible battle”

A win in Sunday’s closing would give Djokovic his twenty first Grand Slam trophy, putting him forward of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — who each missed this 12 months’s US Open with accidents — for the lads’s singles document. It will even be Djokovic’s fourth US Open title. 

Zverev, who’s nonetheless trying to find his first Grand Slam title, had a shot at making a second consecutive US Open closing after incomes runner-up honors in final 12 months’s event. It took the primary five-set tiebreaker in US Open closing historical past to find out that match, as Dominic Thiem claimed a tightly-contested 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6) victory. 

Djokovic owns an immaculate 27-0 main event document in 2021. Ought to Djokovic declare the US Open title, he’d be the primary males’s singles participant since Rod Laver in 1969 to document a calendar-year Grand Slam. 

This wasn’t the primary time Djokovic and Zverev battled in a high-stakes match. Zverev, a 24-year-old German who got here into Friday’s match having gained his final 16 matches, knocked Djokovic out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ semifinals. Zverev would ultimately win Olympic gold. 

Earlier Friday, world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev superior to the US Open closing with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory over No. 12 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. This might be his third profession Grand Slam closing and he is searching for his first win. 

The 25-year-old Russian might be a formidable challenger to Djokovic. He is dropped just one set this event and reached the 2019 US Open closing, a match he fell to Rafael Nadal in. 

Medvedv has overwhelmed Djokovic thrice in ATP occasions. The pair additionally squared off in February’s Australian Open, with Djokovic taking the title in a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory. 

The US Open males’s singles closing is slated for 4 p.m. Japanese in Flushing, New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

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