“More Glory”: Novak Djokovic Ready to Take On Alexander Zverev in Thrilling Semi-final Clash at US Open 2021

Published 09/09/2021, 2:08 AM EDT
Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures to the crowd after winning a game in the third set 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


New York was in for a treat on day 10 of the US Open. A man on a mission, Novak Djokovic, had his eyes set on the prize as he took on a familiar opponent, promising an enticing clash. Aiming for a calendar grand slam, would he pass the toughest test so far in his journey at the Flushing Meadows?

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic met Italian international, Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals of the 2021 US Open. Notably, the duo has met twice this year at both at the Roland Garros and in the final of the 2021 Wimbledon Championship. Living up to its expectations, the game was off to a stellar start. Notably, Matteo left no stone unturned, toppling the Serbian giant in the first set. Ruthless, agile, and out to draw blood, he beat Novak in surreal fashion, putting the World No.1 under immense pressure. The Italian bagged the first set, 7-5, leaving the former champion stunned.

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Novak put on a show in the second set. Looking for a resurrection, he went all guns blazing, leaving no room for error. The game was a complete whitewash from there onwards. The 20-time Grand Slam champion played with sheer dominance on the court, exhibiting confidence and authority with every strike. Novak showed why he’s one of the best out there. He outclassed his opponent, cruising into the semi-finals of the tournament, with the final scoreline reading 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3.

Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia gestures to the crowd after winning a game in the third set 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

In the semi-final, Djokovic will face a familiar opponent who ruined his plans of a Golden slam at the Tokyo Olympics. However, unfazed by that, Novak was all praise for fellow semi-finalist Alexander Zverev. Speaking of the same in his post-match presentation, he said, “The bigger the challenge, more the glory in overcoming…”

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Novak’s history with the German young gun is all bitter and not sweet. Notably, Alexander knocked Novak out of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in thrilling fashion. As a result, the Serbian returned home empty-handed from a tournament he was predicted to be successful at.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks off after losing his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Ahead of their mighty clash now, Novak fans fear the chance of a huge upset. Can the Olympic gold medalist once again ruin the Serb’s journey to history?

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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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