‘That’s why most of the time people lose to Novak Djokovic’, says Top 10

The two semifinals of the US Open 2021 will be held today. The first will face Daniil Medvedev and Felix Auger-Aliassime, with the Russian clear favorite on paper. The highlight is certainly the big match between Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev, in what will be the revenge of the battle staged at the Tokyo Olympics. The number 1 in the world was one set and one break ahead in Japan, before suffering a psycho-physical breakdown that cost him ten of the last eleven games of the challenge. Two successes divide the Serbian champion from a legendary ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, thanks to which he would overtake even the eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to rise to 21 Majors. The 34-year-old from Belgrade raised his level in the quarterfinal match against Matteo Berrettini, playing the best three sets of his entire tournament. Sascha, on the other hand, has been in a streak for 16 matches, having won gold at the Tokyo Olympics and the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati. In a press conference after adjusting Lloyd Harris, the German analyzed tonight’s game in detail.

Zverev on facing Novak Djokovic

“Yeah, against him (Novak Djokovic) you prepare that you have to play the best match that you can. You have to be perfect, otherwise you will not win,” Alexander Zverev said. “Most of the time you can’t be perfect. That’s why most of the time people lose to him. Against him, you have to win the match yourself. You have to be the one that is dominating the points. You have to do it with very little unforced errors. He is the best player in the world. He is very difficult to beat,” the German added. When asked about the difference between last year’s event and this year’s edition, Zverev pointed out that the presence of fans this fortnight in New York has brought a different atmosphere to the tournament. “Well, I mean, we have 20 plus thousand people in the stadium. That’s how it’s different. The atmosphere is different,” he said. “Last year I think the match we played with Dominic, the crowd would have gone insane. But there was no crowd. That’s the difference. That’s what I’m talking about. It’s so much more fun, so much more entertaining I think for everybody to be there when there are big numbers of spectators there.” At the moment, Djokovic is scheduled to take on Alexander Zverev in the semifinal later today. He is two wins away from creating history and cementing his name further into the record books. We wish him the very best for the upcoming matches.