Stay scores, Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev, semi-final, updates, outcomes, video

Welcome to dwell protection of the US Open males’s semi-finals.

Russian Daniil Medvedev stands to satisfy the winner of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, who’re locked in a five-set epic.

For the fourth straight match, Djokovic must come from behind after dropping the opening set 4-6. However it isn’t simply his fourth seed opponent he’s up in opposition to, with the Serbian grabbing at his decrease again on quite a lot of occasions all through the match as he chases greatness.

Djokovic is now only one set away from progressing via to the ultimate, after claiming the second set 6-2 and third 6-4 after breaking Zverev in an epic tenth recreation, which included three marathon factors together with a 53 shot rally that saved the German within the recreation after falling to 0-40 within the essential recreation.

“That’s dropping the battle and profitable the struggle,” former seven-time main winner John McEnroe stated in commentary for ESPN.

“You don’t wish to be serving nonetheless down set-point after surviving a 53-shot level.”

The rally size took 78 seconds, earlier than Djokovic claimed the set.

Nevertheless, Djokovic was damaged within the third recreation and couldn’t get better as Zverev held his nerve to ship the sport right into a fifth set after profitable the fourth 4-6.

Zverev has gained seven of his previous eight five-set matches.

He must come from behind although, after being damaged in his opening service recreation as Djokovic handed Zverev on the internet with a elegant forehand winner.

Djokovic leads the fifth set 3-0.

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Djokovic nonetheless responded within the second set, claiming it 6-2 after breaking a “flat” Zverev within the second recreation and once more to shut out the set.

The world No.1 saved a break level within the first recreation of the third set, as he fired an enormous serve down the center that was too good for his opponent.

He then closed it out with some pretty contact as he got here ahead, the place he has gained 15 of 16 factors on the internet early initially of the third in comparison with 5 of 9 by Zverev.

Djokovic survived an enormous scare within the fifth recreation of the third set, as he survived two breaks after John McEroe described Zverev’s backhand winner down the road as his opponent got here to the online as his “greatest shot” of the match.

With two large serves, Djokovic received again on observe resulting in Patrick McEnroe sitting courtside to say, he’s the “greatest clutch server on this planet” surpassing Roger Federer for the mantle.

Djokovic claimed the third set in beautiful style, profitable it 6-4 after breaking Zverev within the tenth recreation.

The German saved two break factors, together with an epic 53 shot rally as Zverev saved his second break level. It was longest rally on this 12 months’s US Open and longest of Djokovic’s unimaginable 2021 calendar.

Djokovic closed it out with one other unimaginable rally, which ended with the Serb clinically placing away an overhead slam as he received the followers out of their seats.

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Novak Djokovic in action in the semi-final against Alexander Zverev at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 10, 2021 in the Flushing neighbourhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Photo: Getty Images
Novak Djokovic in motion within the semi-final in opposition to Alexander Zverev on the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart on September 10, 2021 within the Flushing neighbourhood of the Queens borough of New York Metropolis. Picture: Getty PhotographsSupply: AFP

The match was on serve till the ninth recreation, as a Djokovic double fault gave his German opponent, who beat him in Tokyo within the semi-final, the lead at 4-5 and an opportunity to serve for the primary set.

He didn’t miss regardless of a flutter or two after taking a 40-0 lead, claiming the opening set 4-6.

Djokovic began the set in beautiful style, holding to like.

However his opponent too had no points holding serve and more and more attacked Djokovic’s serve.

At 3-3, Djokovic saved one break level.

He couldn’t save his subsequent service recreation although, that means for the fourth straight match the 20-time Slam champion must come from behind to win.

Djokovic is bidding to change into the primary man since Australian Rod Laver to win the Grand Slam – profitable all 4 Slams in a calendar 12 months.

‘Rocket’ Rod was one of many many A-listers within the Arthur Ashe stands, seated 15 rows behind Djokovic as he began the match.

Rod Laver is within the stands at Arthur Ashe watching Novak Djokovic’s bid for tennis glory. Picture: Getty PhotographsSupply: AFP


After nearly two weeks of unimaginable motion at Flushing within the Queens District, Djokovic is bidding to proceed a historic fortnight.

On Friday, two feminine youngsters did what no-one thought doable.

Canadian Leylah Fernandez “wowed” the Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Centre because the 19-year-old took down the second seed Aryna Sabalenka in three units.

Hours later, one other teen, solely youthful, Emma Raducanu from Britain turned the primary qualifier within the open period to progress via to a Grand Slam remaining as she accounted for Maria Sakkari in straight units.

Now historical past turns to Djokovic, who faces a well-known face in Zverev, the Olympic champion who was runner-up in 2020.

The winner will face Medvedev who demolished Canadian twelfth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.

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Djokovic, who beat Matteo Berrettini in 4 units within the quarters, is making an attempt to finish the primary males’s singles calendar-year Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.

Djokovic seeks a fourth US Open title that might give him a males’s singles report 21 Slam crowns and break the impasse he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, each absent with accidents.

Berrettini stated Djokovic is “doing one thing” Federer and Nadal couldn’t.

“No. It’s at all times tough this query for me as a result of there are private opinions after which there are the stats and stuff,” Berrettini stated, who requested who was the best between the trio of tennis gods.

“I simply know we’re experiencing one thing that didn’t occur within the final I don’t know the way man years.”


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Germany’s Alexander Zverev celebrates his win over South Africa’s Lloyd Harris to achieve the semi-finals of the US Open. Picture: AFPSupply: AFP

His opponent Zverev can’t be written off.

The German world No.4 took care of South African Lloyd Harris 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 to progress via to the ultimate 4.

Simply final month, Zverev got here from a set all the way down to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 on the Ariake Tennis Park in Tokyo to disclaim the Serb a gold medal.

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