26 vs 16: Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev to Battle for Dominance at US Open 2021 Semi-Final

Published 09/09/2021, 1:50 AM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 17, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Germany’s Alexander Zverev after winning his quarter final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No.1 Novak Djokovic is chasing history at the US Open 2021. And on his way to the semifinals, he steered past the Italian, Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals clash. He has now set up a major challenge against Alexander Zverev for a place in the final.

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Additionally, Djokovic has had a much challenging American Slam campaign than in previous years. Despite that, he maintained his unbreakable winning streak in major tournaments, even in New York.

Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a quarterfinal match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

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After losing the opening set, the 20-time Grand Slam champion showed Berrettini what he is all about. Incredibly, Djokovic closed the match 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in three hours and 28 minutes.

For those who have been under a rock for the past year, you’ve missed a lot of Djokovic. Notably, he is now only a couple of wins away from the 2021 Calendar Grand Slam.

Interestingly, Djokovic’s conqueror at the Tokyo Olympics, Alexander Zverev, is already sitting in the semifinals. Thus, the already uphill battle is only going to get steeper for the Serb in New York.

Novak Djokovic sets up US Open 2021 Semi-Final against Alexander Zverev

Undeniably, it is shaping up to be one of the most enticing battles of this year’s US Open. Moreover, both Djokovic and Zverev are on incredible winning streaks.

BELGRADE, SERBIA – JUNE 14: Novak Djokovic (L) of Serbia and Alexander Zverev (R) of Germany pose for a photo prior to the Adria Tour charity exhibition hosted by Novak Djokovic on June 14, 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. (Photo by Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty Images)

The Serbian ace has a 26-match winning streak in Grand Slam tournaments. Accordingly, Djokovic is only two wins away from accomplishing the elusive Calendar Slam feat.

But on the other hand, Zverev has not lost a single match after his Wimbledon 2021 loss. He is currently on a 16-match winning streak in which he won the Olympics gold medal and Cincinnati title.

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The stage is set for both of them to finally test their consistency. It is more intriguing as one of them will lose their streak after this exciting semifinal encounter. The million dollar question is: who will that be?

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On Friday, both the men’s singles semifinals will take place in the Arthur Ashe Stadium. And on Sunday, the tennis world will see the US Open 2021 champion rise above the others. Who do you think will lift that trophy?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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