Novak Djokovic Surpasses Rafael Nadal, Eyes Roger Federer Next in Unbelievable Grand Slam Record at US Open 2021

Published 09/11/2021, 1:54 AM EDT
Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a break point against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the fifth set 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


Shaking the record books once again is the man of the hour, Novak Djokovic. The world tuned in to watch the Serbian legend in action, as he headed forward in his quest for a historic Calendar Grand Slam. Notably, in his way stood the threat of an opponent who caused the biggest upset of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Alexander Zverev.

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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic left no stone unturned as he took on the German international in the semi-finals of the US Open. Notably, even his young counterpart bought to court his best tennis possible, beating the Serb in the first set. However, unfazed by his initial loss, Novak put on a show, running riot on the court, showing why he’s the best out there.

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Emerging victorious out of the enticing clash, the 20-time Grand Slam champion beat Alexander in emphatic style, and cruised into the finals of the US Open. Notably, he bagged yet another record, courtesy of his triumphant victory.

Novak Djokovic for the win

Carrying forward his unbelievable form in the tournament, Novak played at his sublime best against the World No. 4. Not too far behind himself, Alexander showed amazing grit. However, he couldn’t breach past Nole’s attack and match his caliber. Hence, he bowed out of the tournament, despite playing a thrilling 5-setter.

Moreover, as Novak made it to yet another final, he overtook his ‘big 3’ compatriot. With this win, Djoker tops the charts for the men’s player with the most Grand Slam finals, ever; he surpasses Rafael Nadal and draws level with Roger Federer.

Although, Zverev deserves enough credit for making Novak sweat it out, en route to his victory. Not only did he bag the first set, but he made a stunning comeback in the match, winning the 4th set and dragging the game to a decider set.

Regardless, he couldn’t keep up with Novak’s stature as the Serb knocked him out of the tournament, with the scoreline reading 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

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Bring it on

Now, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will face Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, attempting to increase his majors tally to 21 titles. However, given the form the World No. 2 has exhibited right through the tournament, an enthralling outing is on the cards.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after winning a break point against Alexander Zverev of Germany (not pictured) in the fifth set on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Chasing history, the world backs Novak to attain the astonishing Calendar Grand Slam. Although, ruling out the possibility of an upset would be a huge mistake. The stage is set and all eyes will now turn to the Flushing Meadows. Can Novak Djokovic do the unthinkable?

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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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