World No. 1 Novak Djokovic inched nearer to a Calendar Grand Slam as he reached the semi-finals on the US Open, beating Italian Matteo Berrettini in 4 units on Wednesday evening.
The 34-year-old defeated Berrettini 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in three hours and 26 minutes on the Flushing Meadows. Djokovic has already gained the Australian Open, French Open d Wimbledon this season is now simply two matches away from profitable his fourth Grand Slam title of the season and must win the US Open to grow to be the primary participant since Rod Lever to finish a Calendar Slam.
The highest seed had hailed Berrettini as “he “hammer of te”nis” for his thunderous serve and forehand forward of their third straight main championship showdown. However the Serbian drew on his superior motion and returns to nullify the 25-year’previous’s chief weapons of their quarter-final conflict at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
For the fourth time in 5 matches this marketing campaign, Djokovic dropped a set solely to drag comfortably clear within the third and fourth units. He remained unbeaten of their 4 ATP Head2Head conferences, improved to 12-0 in US Open quarter-finals, and 42-9 throughout all majors at that stage.
Fourth seed Alexander Zverev awaits within the semi-finals, following his earlier straight-sets victory over South African Lloyd Harris.
Djokovic seeks revenge for his Tokyo Olympics semi-final defeat and appears to enhance on his 6-3 head-to-head document towards the 24-year-old German.
Djokovic gained 74 % factors on his first function in comparison with 60 by his Italian opponent. He additionally gained 66 % of his second serve whereas Barrettinni might handle to win solely 50 %.
Djokovic gained 5 of the six break factors he earned whereas Berrettini did that on solely one of many 5 that got here his approach.
The Serb dominated the court docket after dropping the primary set and didn’t permit Berrettini many probabilities. He solely made 28 unforced errors as in comparison with 43 by Berrettini and in addition slammed 44 winners whereas his Italian opponent managed to hit 42.