On the hard-courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center (Flushing Meadows, New York), the matches of the highly anticipated US Open 2021 are being played, the last Grand Slam of the season, during which there will be the absences of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams.
Alexander Zverev will be the penultimate act towards the Grand Slam and the twenty-first Slam for the number one in the world Novak Djokovic. In fact, the dream of Italian number one Matteo Berrettini lasts only one set, collapsing in front of a Serbian in Grand Slam format in four sets.
However, Matteo’s Grand Slam journey ends with a great season and, given his retirement in Australia, he only lost to Novak Djokovic in the Majors this year. In the first set both players have several break points but Berrettini is good at exploiting one of the few opportunities available and taking the decisive break in the eleventh game.
He finishes 7-5 but from that moment Nole becomes almost unplayable making few mistakes and growing a lot in response. Second and third sets are almost identical with the Balkan champion who has break points in almost every service of the blue and closes the two partials with two very clear 6-2; 6-2.
The fourth set sees Berrettini try in vain with Djokovic who immediately makes the break, goes 3-0 and the result now seems to be written. In just under three and a half hours it ends with the result of 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3.