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

Novak Djokovic fell to Alexander Zverev within the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, however on Friday he bought 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 succeed in the US Open last. Djokovic can attain No. 1 on the all-time Grand Slam trophy record and turn into the primary calendar-year Grand Slam winner in 52 years with a win within the last. 

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 stated he was going via a “hurricane” or “tornado” throughout that 53-shot rally. 

With a robust 6-4 fourth set, Zverev pressured a fifth to positively determine who was going to the US Open last. An animated Djokovic withstood a valiant effort from Zverev to dominate that last set, 6-2, and punch his ticket. Djokovic is now 36-10 all-time in five-set matches and 7-3 total in opposition to Zverev. 

“He’s a great guy and an even better player,” Djokovic stated of Zverev. “I knew coming onto the court today it was going to be a great battle”

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

Zverev, who’s nonetheless looking for his first Grand Slam title, had a shot at making a second consecutive US Open last after incomes runner-up honors in final yr’s match. It took the primary five-set tiebreaker in US Open last 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 match document in 2021. Should 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 last with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 victory over No. 12 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. This can be his third profession Grand Slam last and he is in search of his first win. 

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

Medvedv has overwhelmed Djokovic 3 times 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 last is slated for 4 p.m. Eastern in Flushing, New York’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

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