2023 US Open: No. 2 Novak Djokovic advances to final, awaits winner of Alcaraz vs. Medvedev match


World No. 2 Novak Djokovic advanced to the 2023 United States Open last after removing Ben Shelton 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) on Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Serbian star will be completing in his 36th profession Grand Slam last.

Djokovic is now waiting for the winner of the match in between No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and third-seeded Daniil Medvedev. He is simply one win far from his 4th United States Open prize and his 24th significant title.

Alcaraz won the United States Open in 2015 and has actually begun a competition with Djokovic as they have actually been trading the world No. 1 area all season. Alcaraz took him down in the Wimbledon finals, however Djokovic got his vengeance at the Cincinnati Open.

Meanwhile, Medvedev won the 2021 United States Open and is attempting to redeem himself after losing to Nick Kyrgios throughout in 2015’s Round of 16.

Alcaraz has actually won the last 2 matches versus Medvedev, in the Indian Wells last and Wimbledon semifinals previously this year, however the Russian star is accepting the obstacle. In an interview with CBS Sports, Medvedev stated playing versus the 2 top-ranked gamers brings the very best out of him.

No. 2 Novak Djokovic def. Ben Shelton 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) 

Shelton had actually been the the youngest American guy to reach the semifinals of the United States Open considering that Michael Chang in 1992. Falling to Djokovic indicates the United States has actually gone another year without a male winning a Grand Slam title considering that Andy Roddick in 2003, or reached a last considering that 2009.

Djokovic took control early in the match and won the last 4 video games of the 2nd set. It appeared like he had the 3rd in the bag however Shelton wished to go down swinging and made it a real fight at the end. The American increasing star turned heads with a 149 miles per hour serve previously in the competition, however he had actually played more conservatively versus Djokovic. 

Shelton lastly signed up a 145 miles per hour serve in the 3rd set and combated hard sufficient to require a tiebreak. Unfortunately for him, his challenger was a veteran who understands how to keep his composure. Djokovic entered this tiebreak with a 24-5 record and included another win versus the young American.

“These are the kind of matches and occasions that I still thrive on. They still get me going and inspire me to wake up and work hard like the young guys,” stated Djokovic throughout his on-court interview. “Grand Slams are the occasions that motivate me the most to play my best tennis.”

“I’ve been blessed to really play this sport for so many years, and I’ve achieved a lot but I still feel I have something in my legs left. I still feel I have something to give to the sport.”

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