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US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic fights back to beat Matteo Berrettini, 2 steps away from ‘Calendar Slam’

US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic fights again to beat Matteo Berrettini, 2 steps away from ‘Calendar Slam’ | Tennis Information

Novak Djokovic once more fought again from a set right down to beat Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 and transfer into the US Open semi-finals on Wednesday (September 8), the Serb now simply two wins away from a twenty first main that might full a calendar-year Grand Slam. Djokovic, who additionally misplaced the opening set in his earlier two matches, and Berrettini have met solely 3 times however two have been this yr when the stakes have been at their highest – the Wimbledon last and French Open quarters – with the world primary successful each occasions in 4 units.
The 25-year-old Italian had a 3rd shot at derailing Djokovic’s Grand Slam plans on Wednesday however as soon as once more couldn’t seize his probability, changing simply one among 5 break alternatives, that coming within the first set. Djokovic takes one other step up at school within the subsequent spherical, the place he faces fourth seed Alexander Zverev, the participant who final month ended his bid for a ‘Golden Slam’ by beating him within the Tokyo Olympics semi-finals.
Novak was in “the zone” tonight and we have been all witnesses. @DjokerNole | #USOpen
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 9, 2021
Zverev arrives on the last 4 as the most well liked participant in males`s tennis, advancing with a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4 win over unseeded South African Lloyd Harris to increase his successful run to 16 matches.
Strong Maria Sakkari reaches final 4 stage
Maria Sakkari leveraged her highly effective serve and glorious court docket protection to succeed in the US Open semifinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday and devoted her win to the folks of Greece, who’ve endured a summer season of brutal wildfires. Sakkari was rock strong all through the win on Arthur Ashe Stadium, hounding Pliskova into errors and getting an early break earlier than occurring take the primary set.
The Greek seventeenth seed maintained the aggression within the second set, changing on break level within the seventh sport as 2016 runner-up Pliskova did not match her depth. The Czech, runner-up at Wimbledon this yr, dedicated three double faults and 20 unforced errors within the match earlier than Sakkari wrapped issues up in a single hour and 22 minutes.
Roland Garros semi-finalist Sakkari used her serve to devastating impact, successful 22 straight service factors after beginning the second sport of the match down 0-30. “I served actually, rather well,” she instructed reporters. “I’m very pleased I managed my stress stage and my expectations. Particularly on the finish of the match, it was fairly robust to shut it out, however I feel I did fairly nicely.”
She devoted her win to the folks again residence in Greece, the place greater than 500 fires pressured the evacuation of dozens of villages and hundreds of individuals. “For me, successful for Greece, making Greek folks proud and pleased, particularly in tough occasions, it makes me much more pleased as a result of you understand how a lot I really like my nation,” she mentioned.
(with Reuters inputs)

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