Monday, 18 October 2021

Novak Djokovic beats Alexander Zverev

Novak Djokovic beats Alexander Zverev

Novak Djokovic will play against Daniil Medvedev to try and complete the first men's singles calendar-year Grand Slam from 1969 after defeating Tokyo Olympic champion Alexander Zverev in US Open Friday's semi-finals.

Top-ranked Djokovic outlasted the German fourth seed by 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to reach Sunday's championship match at Arthur Ashe Stadium against second seed Daniil Medvedev. "I'm going to play the next match like it's the last match of my career," Novak Djokovic said. One more win will give the 34-year-old Serbian the first calendar-year Slam since 52 years ago by Rod Laver accomplished it.

Novak Djokovic said.

"There s only one more match left. All in. Let's do it,"

"I'm going to put everything my heart and soul and my body and my head into that one."

Novak Djokovic seeks his fourth career US Open title and his 21st overall Slam crown, which would lift him above the record he shares with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, absent with injuries.

Djokovic said

"These are the moments we live for,"

"These are the kind of special opportunities we dream of when we are looking for inspiration."

Australian legend Rod Laver, 83, was in the stands to watch as Novak Djokovic took a measure of vengeance for Zverev, 24, beating him in an Olympic semi-final, contradicting Novak Djokovic's bid for a "Golden Slam" with a gold medal at Tokyo.

Djokovic said.

"I knew while coming onto the court it was going to be a awesome battle,"

"Alexander is a big champion. He's someone I praise on and off the court."

In the 2019 US Open runner-up, Medvedev defeated Canadian 12th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime by 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to reach his third Slam final.

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Medvedev said.

"I don't think that I played my best today but I'm really happy to be in the final,"

Novak Djokovic is the oldest US Open finalist since Andre Agassi at 35 in 2005 and could be the most senior US Open champion since Ken Rosewall at 35 in 1970.

By beating Zverev, Djokovic matched Federer's record of 31 men's Slam final appearances. Novak Djokovic is 20-10 in major finals.

The final is a rematch of the Australian Open February final won by Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Daniil Medvedev trails Novak Djokovic 5-3 in their all-time conflict.

Daniil Medvedev said.

"If I can make this, I'll shall be in the books of history a little bit somewhere like not letting him do this,"

"But I don't care about it. I think it's a lot about him that influences him.

"I'm just going to toss it everything and I'm definitely not going to be thinking about Grand Slam or whatever."

Djokovic had won 27 consecutive Slam matches, three shies of his record streak from 2015 and 2016 when he victors all four major titles in a line.

Alexander Zverev, last year's runner-up of the US Open, saw his 16-match win series end.

Novak Djokovic broke after an expanded rally in the fifth set with a forehand passing the winner to 2-0, and Alexander Zverev swatted back-to-back forehands long to go down 4-0. Novak Djokovic broke again in the 8th to book his date with the history after three hours and 34 minutes.

Novak Djokovic double-faulted away a break in the 9th game, and Alexander Zverev held to claim the first set in 36 minutes.

Having dropped the first set for the 4th consecutive match, Novak Djokovic dominated the second, never facing a breakpoint.

A Tenth-game groundstrokes battle in the 3rd set saw a 53-shot rally ended by a Zverev forehand winner to save set point and draw a roar from the crowd, but Djokovic hit an overhead smash the next issue for the break to capture the set.

In the fourth, Zverev broke to 2-1 with a forehand winner and held from there.

Breaking mentally

Auger-Aliassime lost two set points and got broken in the ninth game of the second set, and Medvedev broke again at love on the way to taking the stage to seize command of the match.

Medvedev said.

"I knew I had to do everything at my best because at that point in the match I knew I could break him mentally and that's what happened," Medvedev said.

 

Medvedev took 11 of the final 13 games, ending matters with an overhead smash after two hours and four minutes.

"I had to play my best level and even better if I wanted to get a chance to win," Auger-Aliassime said. "I didn't do it long enough. Overall Daniil was the better player."

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