INSANE! 53 Shot Rally From Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev Stuns Andy Roddick and Others at US Open 2021

Published 09/10/2021, 9:56 PM EDT
Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits to 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


It was showtime in New York with the semi-finals of the US Open up and running. Headlining the all-important action was the man chasing history with the sporting world behind him. World No. 1 Novak Djokovic took on Alexander Zverev as he battled to move inches closer to a historic Calendar Grand Slam. However, with an opponent who ruined part of his history already, could Novak redeem himself?

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The Arthur Ashe stadium was up on their feet as the two ATP stars walked out onto the court. With history at stake, all eyes were glued to Novak. Courtesy of his stature and sublime form, he was the favorite for the win. However, given the result of their recent outing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Djoko’s fans feared the upset of the century. Notably, as the Serb once again dropped the first set, the crowd watched in disparity, bitting their nails for what was about to come.

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It was 4-6 to Zverev on the opening set, with Novak now fighting for his place in the match. However, what came following in the third set had the sporting world erupt into praises.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a forehand against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) on day twelve 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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Sensational tennis from Novak Djokovic and Alexander Medvedev

This was the fourth consecutive game that Novak lost the first set. However, if history was to be repeated, a whitewash was about to come next. Notably, the Serb started the set strong, gaining the all-important break right in the beginning. Up 3-0, he wasn’t going to surrender his lead. Courtesy of some dominant tennis, Novak began to find his rhythm, winning the second set 6-2.

However, a neck-to-neck third set had the fans on the edge of their seats. Both players went the distance in order to unsettle the other. The set even saw its longest rally up till there, 53 shots back and forth.

Not just the game, but it was also the longest rally of the tournament. Fans and followers took to their Twitter, reacting to the same.

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However, Novak’s calm demeanor and settled composure saw him win the third set 6-4. As Zverev had all to play, the Arthur Ashe stadium erupted, with Twitter in a frenzy over the unbelievable tennis they witnessed. Into the fourth set, the scoreline reads 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 1-1.

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Melroy Fernandes

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Melroy Joseph Fernandes is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. A Mass Media graduate, Melroy has been a content writer for the past 6 years, curating stories for several brands, starting from his own. At the age of 17, Melroy began his writing Journey with Team BIB, an event management company for everything Art and Entertainment.

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