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Djokovic tops Berrettini at US Open, eyes calendar-year Grand Slam

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Novak Djokovic has moved inside two wins of the primary calendar-year Grand Slam in males’s tennis since 1969 by beating Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to succeed in the U.S. Open semifinals.

Djokovic’s victory makes him 26-0 in main tournaments this season. That features trophies on the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, the place he beat Berrettini within the last.

Djokovic subsequent will face 2020 U.S. Open runner-up and Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev on Friday. Djokovic holds a 6-3 all-time edge over Zverev, although Zverev received the final match the 2 performed on the Tokyo Olympics.

If Djokovic can win that match and Sunday’s last, he’ll earn his twenty first profession main singles trophy and break the boys’s file he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

A win on the 2021 U.S. Open would additionally mark one of many rarest feats in tennis — the calendar-year Grand Slam. Solely three males have ever received the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in a single calendar 12 months, the final being Rod Laver in 1969.

A number of gamers, together with Djokovic, have received 4 consecutive slams over the span of two seasons. Djokovic completed that feat in 2015-16.

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