Novak Djokovic Ties Roger Federer in Unique Grand Slam Record at US Open 2021

Published 09/09/2021, 1:08 PM EDT
Roger Federer of Switzerland shakes hands with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after Novak Djokovic winning his Men’s Singles final during Day thirteen of The Championships – Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Andy Cheung/Getty Images)


The man in form, Novak Djokovic was once again at the heart of breathtaking tennis. Gearing up for an enticing clash, he met Italian international, Matteo Berrettini in the quarter-finals of the US Open. Naturally, as the two giants locked horns, fans were in for an eventful night.

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The World No. 1 is currently chasing history with all his might. However, standing in his way was a familiar opponent, out to redeem himself against the champion. Matteo Berrettini already met Novak twice this year and sadly ended up on the losing side on both occasions. Hence, with a chance to draw first blood, he kick-started the game in a promising fashion. However, he failed to keep it up against Novak’s intensity.

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Notably, as Novak beat the Italian and cruised his way into the semi-finals, he tied a record held by the Swiss legend, Roger Federer.

Another day, Another record

When the Serb lost the first set to a ruthless Italian attack, he raised a few eyebrows. Matteo announced his arrival in the match, bagging the opening set with some relentless attacking. However, with history at stake, it would take a lot more for the World No. 8 to topple the Serbian giant.

Aiming for resurrection, Novak began the second set and played what he claimed, was his best tennis at the US Open so far. In a complete whitewash, he outclassed Matteo and reached the semi-finals. Notably, with this win, Novak marked a 5th season that saw him arrive in the semi-finals of all the 4 major slams, i.e. The Australian Open, the French Open, the Wimbledon Championship, and the US Open. Reaching this milestone, he sits on top of the list, alongside a fellow member of the ‘big 3’ Roger Federer.

Moving forward, Novak sets himself up for a battle against an opponent he’d rather not recall. The man on a mission will now meet Olympic gold medalist, Alexander Zverev.

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Can Novak Djokovic avenge his Tokyo loss?

In the form of his life, Novak seemed unstoppable heading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Regardless, German youngster Alexander Zverev wasn’t one to fear the Serb’s stature. When the two ATP stars met in Tokyo, Alexander rocked the sporting world, knocking out the Golden Slam favorite.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 04: Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates a point against Kei Nishikori of Japan during his Men’s Singles third round match of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Now, as Novak remains just inches away from creating history, fans fear Alexander will ruin the party again. However, while that result remains to be seen, what is guaranteed is sparks flying across the courts of New York.

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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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