WATCH: Paris Hilton Takes Selfie, Jimmy Butler Enjoying Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev US Open 2021 SF

Published 09/10/2021, 9:19 PM EDT
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


The night that tennis fans had been long waiting for came through as Novak Djokovic took on Alexander Zverev at the US Open 2021 semifinals. Both itching to beat each other and play for the title on Sunday, they set a tennis example on the court. It was indeed a matchup made in heaven; the answer to the most asked question: Who prevails – one of the big three or the next generation star?

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Unsurprisingly, the camera inside Arthur Ashe Stadium saw a couple of famous faces for this epic encounter. For one, the Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler watched the match quietly from Zverev’s box. Also, the Hollywood star Paris Hilton was enjoying prime time under the lights in New York.

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Paris Hilton takes a selfie during Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev US Open 2021 SF

On one side, one of the most important matches for Djokovic and Zverev is taking place on the biggest court in tennis. On the other side, Paris Hilton seemed to be enjoying the entire experience as she took a selfie during a changeover.

Undeniably, watching night tennis at Arthur Ashe Stadium is the best it can get in the sport. Thus, the fun always follows, except for the two men battling out for history on the court.

Coming into this match, Djokovic carried a 26-match winning streak in the Grand Slam tournaments. Naturally, he had eyes on the ultimate prize, the Calendar Slam achievement.

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: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

On the other side, Zverev came on the court with a 16-match winning streak, including the Tokyo Olympics. After denying the Serb his Golden Slam, he now faces the challenge of denying him the Calendar Slam.

So, the match was a mini-final before the title match on Sunday against second seed Daniil Medvedev. Hence, they also played this match accordingly.

Djokovic vs Zverev, Set 1: US Open 2021 SFs

Both Djokovic and Zverev started the opening set flawlessly. Until 3-3, there was most certainly no way to separate the two from each other.

Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Alexander Zverev of Germany hits a backhand against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured) 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

However, at 3-3, Zverev read Djokovic’s drop shot early, and even though the Serb answered it, the 24-year-old German got first break point. After saving the first break point, Djokovic got broken at 4-4, asking Zverev to serve for the opening set.

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Following that, the World No.1 player saved two set points, but misjudged the third completely. Consequently, he lost the first set 4-6.

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Who do you think will win this one and play Medvedev for the US Open 2021 title?

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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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