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US Open 2021 Semi-Final highlights: Novak Djokovic beats Alexander Zverev

Novak Djokovic into the US Open final: Djokovic comes through a battle against Alexander Zverev in over three and a half hours. Wins 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

By: Sports Desk |
Updated: September 11, 2021 10:08:42 am
US open, DjokovicNovak Djokovic of Serbia hits a backhand 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. (Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

US Open 2021 Men’s Semi-Final Highlights, Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev: World number one Novak Djokovic kept his bid for a calendar Grand Slam alive on Friday, overcoming German Alexander Zverev 4-6 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-2 in the U.S. Open semi-final.

Djokovic moved within one win of reaching a men’s record 21 Grand Slam titles and avenged his loss to Zverev at the Tokyo Olympics in front of a roaring crowd inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, with Rod Laver, the last person to complete a calendar slam 52 years ago, looking on.He will face Russian Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final, after the world number two sent off 21-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in his semi-final.Djokovic handed the German his first break of the night with a double fault in the first set but otherwise showed no mercy, firing off 41 winners and a dozen aces across the entire match.

The third set was a matter of survival of the fittest. Djokovic had a 40-0 head start in the tenth game only to see Zverev fend off two break points through marathon rallies, including a 53-shot exchange, before he broke the German’s serve for the set point.Tied at two sets a piece, Djokovic won a 30-shot rally for the early break, but after fending off four break points saw Zverev convert in the seventh game. He broke Zverev’s serve in the next game before hoisting his arms aloft to wild cheers from the crowd.

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US Open 2021 Men's Semi-Final, Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev Highlights: Djokovic moved within one win of reaching a men’s record 21 Grand Slam titles and avenged his loss to Zverev in Tokyo Olympics 2020.

09:04 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Daniil Medvedev vs Novak Djokovic in US Open final

Djokovic will face Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final on Sunday. Medvedev, who is seeded second at the US Open, defeated a mistake-prone Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium to head to his third Grand Slam final.

08:46 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Djokovic in final

DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-2 6-4 4-6 6-2 ZVEREV| Novak Djokovic defeats Alex Zverev to reach 31st Grand Slam final. Djokovic sails through a high-quality encounter with Zverev to prevail after three hours and 34 minutes and reach the 2021 US Open final. The Serb ran away with it in the fifth and then fought off a mini-revival from the German to break and finally get the job done.

08:30 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Djoko fights back

DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-2 6-4 4-6 5-1 ZVEREV. Alexander avoids the bagel but he’ll be bitterly disappointed he couldn’t stay competitive after performing so well for most of the contest. He glides a winner down the line to take the game to 15. Djoker will now serve for the match.

08:08 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Alexander Zverev wins fourth set 6-4

Zverev has taken the game into a fifth set. The German wins the fourth set 6-4.

07:47 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Zverev takes a 4-3 lead

Djokovic is certainly looking like he might go down in this fourth set. This of course is exactly what we were hoping for -- Sascha serves to go up 5-3.

07:40 (IST)11 Sep 2021
What a match!
07:13 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Watch: The epic 53-ball rally
07:06 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Djokovic wins!

Novak Djokovic takes the third set 4-6 6-2 6-4 ! He is one set away from a US Open final with Medvedev. Zverev under immense pressure , especially during that 53-shots rally. While he did win that one but he failed to continue with the momentum as Djokovic smashes one to win.

07:03 (IST)11 Sep 2021
How much does this feel like the Australian Open QF?

Zverev takes the first
Novak dominates the second
Zverev has chances in third but loses
Zverev had chances in fourth and loses

07:02 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Third set: Djokovic 5-4 Zverev*

A wonderful drop shot and then the lob works, it works for Djokovic Service winner, and Zverev must serve to stay in the set.

06:52 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Third set: Djokovic 4-3 Zverev

The duel between Djokovic and Zverev is right now on the wire, any slightest mistake or success will be decisive in deciding a 3rd set that aims to be very transcendental. 4-3 up Novak with serve for Zverev.

06:47 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Watch: Djokovic vs Zverev
06:37 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Third set: *Djokovic 1-1 Zverev 

Djokovic is back again after going down 0-1 at the start of this set. But is his back hurting? He continues as of now. We will keep an eye on that. 

06:21 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Djokovic wins the second set

Novak Djokovic takes the second set 6-2 to level the match!  Novak Djokovic wins the second set after dropping the first.  In his last three matches, Novak Djokovic lost the first set—but won in four.

06:19 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Second set: Djokovic 5-2 Zverev*

Djokovic shakes off a couple of unforced errors with an ace and wraps it up quickly. Seems like Djokovic loses every single first set, and then proceeds to obliterate his opponents afterwards. He did the same against Rune, Nishikori and Brooksby and Berrettini.

06:15 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Second set: Djokovic 4-1 Zverev*

Djokovic has to solve the first tricky situation with his own serve in the 2nd set, but after 15-30 he can hold his serve and place it on 4-1.

06:02 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Anyone else upset with the camera work ?

"The almost-court level camera view that they just used for the last USOpen game is soooooo much better than the typical high level camera. More visceral but just as good at showing where everyone is. No idea why TV doesn't use that more than the standard view," writes David on social media.

05:59 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Second set: *Djokovic 3-0 Zverev

Djokovic breaks! Djokovic struggled to get his serve through. Zverev with a slight drop in tension, his serve does not come. He looks a bit rattled here! It's remarkable how quickly Djokovic adjusts.

05:54 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Watch: Set point for Zverev

Zverev only gives up one point after the 1st serve and wins the 1st set with 6-4. Djokovic with a slight wobble on the forehand, that makes the difference.

05:52 (IST)11 Sep 2021
Zverev wins the first set 6-4 !

Djokovic loses the first set for the 4th consecutive time. Zverev played the set of his life….and Djokovic played at an extremely high level too and STILL lost the set. Zverev’s serve is his most improved shot this year.  An unbelievable weapon that gets a lot of easy points. 

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