WATCH: Alexander Zverev overcomes Novak Djokovic in US Open semifinal-record 53-shot rally

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As Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic battled for a spot in Sunday’s US Open closing, they gave the followers in Arthur Ashe Stadium a present with a file 53-shot rally. It’s the longest rally in a US Open males’s singles semifinals ever — passing the 51 from Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras in 1999 — Djokovic’s longest rally of the 12 months and the longest rally of the match. 

The rally got here as Zverev was down 15-40, with the German ending the change off by way of an inside-out forehand winner. Djokovic ultimately gained the set, 6-4, giving him a one-set benefit. 

Friday’s matchup between Zverev and Djokovic determines who performs Daniil Mendelev in Sunday’s closing. Mendelev punched his ticket to the US Open closing with a win over Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier within the day. 

Zverev is looking for his first Grand Slam title whereas Djokovic is looking for a file twenty first. A Djokovic win within the closing would additionally give him the primary calendar-year Grand Slam since 1969. 

These two have introduced fireworks to the court docket earlier than, as they battled within the 2020 Tokyo Olympics semifinals. Zverev upset Djokovic en path to Olympic gold. 



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