When everything pointed to a comeback by Sascha Zverev after winning the fourth set, at that moment Novak Djokovic showed that he was the number one in the world and that he had an edge over his opponents in a best-of-five match. The Serbian, who seemed perhaps less physically brilliant in the final part of the match but nothing that could compromise his performance on the pitch, thus overcame a major obstacle in the semifinals at the US Open, significantly approaching the triumph and the ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ goal. Nole was impressed by the thrust of the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd and said at the end of the game: “I would like to say thank you, because the atmosphere was incredible, the best atmosphere in the tournament so far. These are the moments we live for. These are the kind of unique opportunities we dream of every day when we wake up and always try to find the motivation to go out there and do the same things over and over”. The German had already beaten him at the Tokyo Olympics, he sought an encore to make the Belgrade tennis player’s dream vanish: “Alexander is a great champion. He is someone I admire on and off the pitch. We get along very well, he is definitely one of my best friends. We train a lot, see each other a lot in Munich, which he uses as a base. He is a great guy and an even better player. Entering the field, I knew it would be a great battle”, underlined the first in the ATP ranking on his ‘rival’. “It pays off when you play in this incredible stadium with this atmosphere. Thank you so much for making it special. I will play the next match as if it were the last of my career,” added the Serbian with a phrase that could inevitably leave questions about his future.
Becker comments on Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic moved one step closer to tennis history with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Alexander Zverev in the semifinals of the 2021 US Open on Friday. The Serb is now one win away from becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to complete the Calendar Slam. Boris Becker was full of praise for the ‘incredible’ Novak Djokovic after the world number one moved one step closer to history with victory against Alexander Zverev. “Long live the king!” Eurosport expert Becker said. “He is an incredible guy, an incredible player. It was a special day, a special night. It was history in the making. Novak Djokovic is still about to rewrite the book. He has the most important match of his life in two days. He’s treating it like it’s his last match. That’s all you can say about it.” The six-time Grand Slam champion says it is important that Djokovic recovers well after his clash with Zverev, which lasted three hours and 38 minutes. “He needs to recover now,” Becker said. “It was very exhausting against Sascha again. He is 34 years old, his opponent on Sunday is only 25 – you have to put that all in perspective. I think for him it’s about the last match of his life – and that’s how he’ll go in.”