Determined Novak Djokovic dispatches Berrettini to reach US Open semi-finals
Novak Djokovic is now just two wins away from a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title following a four-set victory over Matteo Berrettini in the US Open quarter-finals.
The world number one recovered from losing the opening set to advance to his 12th Flushing Meadows semi-final a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 winner.
It also marked the third successive Slam in which Djokovic had overcome the Italian, having also prevailed at the same stage of this year’s French Open as well as the Wimbledon final.
The Serbian will overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s tally of 20 Slam titles should he go on to lift the trophy.
He is now within touching distance of becoming only the second male player of the Open Era to win a Calendar Grand Slam – with his Australian, French and Wimbledon titles already in the bag – and first since Rod Laver in 1969.
Just like in their Wimbledon showpiece less than nine weeks earlier, Berrettini landed the first blow as he broke in game 11 on the way to taking a lengthy opening set that lasted one hour and 17 minutes.
Although, it was also a case of déjà vu from the All England Club as Djokovic came roaring back by dominating the next two sets to turn the contest on its head.
He then controlled proceedings in the fourth to set up a mouth-watering last-four clash with Alexander Zverev on Friday.
Meanwhile, Maria Sakkari became the first Greek woman to reach the singles semi-finals at the final major of the season, after a straight-sets victory over former runner-up Karolina Pliskova.
Enjoying her best run at Flushing Meadows, 17th seed Sakkari was clinical on serve; winning 22 consecutive points during her service games to take the opening set 6-4.
The same scoreline in the next did the trick for the Roland Garros semi-finalist, who will play Britain’s teenage sensation Emma Raducanu in the last four.
Novak Djokovic will be looking for his 6th Wimbledon title when he takes on Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final of the Wimbledon 2021.
Novak Djokovic is currently on a 20-match winning streak here at Wimbledon, having won the previous two titles. This year at Wimbledon, Nole has dropped just one set in six matches, which was against wildcard Jack Draper in the opening round.
The Serb had one of the easiest routes to the finals of a Grand Slam, with four of his opponents being ranked outside the top 40. He is now one victory away to secure a third consecutive win in the Grand Slam finals, after recently lifting the trophy at the Australian Open over Medvedev and French Open against Tsitsipas.
Meanwhile, Matteo Berrettini has been considered one of the favorites to win Wimbledon since the start of the tournament. The Italian is currently on an 11-match winning streak on grass after recently winning the title in Queen’s.
After dropping a set against Guido Pella in the opening round of this Wimbledon, Matteo stormed into the quarterfinals by beating the likes of Van De Zandschulp, Bedene, and Ivashka in straight sets. He then got two four-set victories over Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz to set up this final against Nole.
Over 3.5 Sets at odds of 19/25 with Bet365 looks to be on the cards here after the most recent meeting between these two at the French Open which ended in four sets.
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