2021 US Open: Novak Djokovic tops Alexander Zverev in Olympic rematch, now headed to Sunday’s final

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Novak Djokovic fell to Alexander Zverev in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but on Friday he got his revenge and is now a win away from history. In a thrilling five-set battle in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Djokovic defeated Zverev, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, to reach the US Open final. Djokovic can reach No. 1 on the all-time Grand Slam trophy list and become the first calendar-year Grand Slam winner in 52 years with a win in the final. 

Zverev took the first set, 6-4, but Djokovic stormed back to win the second and third by scores of 6-2 and 6-4, respectively. That third set contained a historic 53-shot rally, the longest in US Open semifinals history and Djokovic’s career. After the match, Djokovic said he was going through a “hurricane” or “tornado” during that 53-shot rally. 

With a strong 6-4 fourth set, Zverev forced a fifth to definitely decide who was going to the US Open final. An animated Djokovic withstood a valiant effort from Zverev to dominate that final set, 6-2, and punch his ticket. Djokovic is now 36-10 all-time in five-set matches and 7-3 overall against Zverev. 

“He’s a great guy and an even better player,” Djokovic said of Zverev. “I knew coming onto the court today it was going to be a great battle”

A win in Sunday’s final would give Djokovic his 21st Grand Slam trophy, placing him ahead of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer — who both missed this year’s US Open with injuries — for the men’s singles record. It would also be Djokovic’s fourth US Open title. 

Zverev, who’s still searching for his first Grand Slam title, had a shot at making a second consecutive US Open final after earning runner-up honors in last year’s tournament. It took the first five-set tiebreaker in US Open final history to determine that match, as Dominic Thiem claimed a tightly-contested 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6(6) victory. 

Djokovic owns an immaculate 27-0 major tournament record in 2021. Should…



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