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US Open: Novak Djokovic is one win away from a calendar grand slam and 21st major title

He wanted the total 5 units to do it, however the world No. 1 from Serbia defeated No. 4 Alexander Zverev of Germany 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 within the US Open semifinal at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday.

Djokovic, 34, is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 major singles titles — essentially the most in males’s tennis. He will face Russian and world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev within the ultimate on Sunday.

On the courtroom after Friday’s win, Djokovic stated: “There’s solely one match left. All in, let’s do it. I’m going to place my coronary heart and my soul and my physique and my head into that one. I’m going to deal with the subsequent match prefer it is the final match of my profession.”

The final man to finish the calendar grand slam — profitable the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the identical yr — was Rod Laver in 1969. Laver tweeted a image of himself watching Friday’s semifinal, saying “Great to be again in New York, watching the historical past channel.”

Six years in the past, Serena Williams tried to finish a calendar grand slam, which hadn’t been executed on the ladies’s circuit since Steffi Graf in 1988. Graf additionally gained gold in singles on the Olympics that yr, making her the one tennis participant — male or feminine — to finish a so-called golden slam, profitable Olympic gold along with all 4 majors.

Williams went on to be shocked within the US Open semifinals by Roberta Vinci.

In the early hours Saturday, Djokovic referenced Williams’ run, saying: “I bear in mind I gained 2015, I gained that yr’s US Open. I used to be speaking to Serena. She was very emotional about every part that was happening. I can relate to what she’s been going by means of proper now. I perceive it now. Obviously, when you’re in that scenario, you may actually comprehend what a participant goes by means of.”

Djokovic stated he understands why Williams needed to keep away from questions on her loss, and spoke of the strain high gamers really feel to maintain profitable.

“At the top of the day, you must exit on the courtroom and ship. You’re anticipated to at all times win. For a nice legend that she is, she at all times has that expectations from everybody, together with herself,” he stated. “It’s no completely different with me.”

In his post-match press convention, Zverev stated of Djokovic: “If you take a look at the stats, in the event you look the pure sport of tennis motion, he is the best of all time.

“There is a cause why he is gained 20 grand slams. There’s a cause why he is spent essentially the most weeks at world No. 1… I feel mentally he is the very best participant to ever play the sport. Mentally in a very powerful moments, I’d somewhat play in opposition to anyone else however him.”

Djokovic performs Medvedev on Sunday. The 25-year-old defeated twelfth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in straight units earlier Friday, reaching his third grand slam ultimate. He has dropped simply one set on this yr’s US Open.

This shall be Medvedev’s second US Open ultimate, having misplaced to Nadal in 5 units in 2019. He misplaced the Australian Open ultimate to Djokovic in straight units earlier this yr.

After his semifinal win, Medvedev stated he realized a lot from that match in opposition to Djokovic in Melbourne.

“He was enjoying completely different than the matches he did earlier than me, and I used to be type of not prepared for it. So now I’m,” Medvedev stated of Djokovic’s techniques.

Of the ultimate, he stated: “It’s going to be extra fascinating when it comes to tactic what I’m going to arrange .. No matter the rating, I’m simply going to show up the warmth, if I can say, and attempt to do my greatest, much more than what I did in Melbourne.”

At the Tokyo Olympics this summer time, Djokovic — who had already gained the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon — had the chance to go for the golden slam.

Instead, he left with out a medal after dropping to Zverev within the semifinals. It was Zverev, a finalist eventually yr’s US Open, who went on to win the gold medal within the best-of-three-sets format.

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