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US Open: Djokovic, three steps from the legend

US Open: Djokovic, three steps from the legend

The Serbian needed to come again a set towards the younger American Jenson Brooksby and certified for the quarterfinals, the place he’ll meet Berrettini.

Djokovic celebrates his victory towards Jenson Brooksby.AFP
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Without having its greatest model, the Serbian Novak Djokovic tremendous within the early hours of Tuesday the younger American Jenson brooksby and reached the quarterfinals of the US Open, inserting three victories away from a historic title. Upon reaching his fourth crown in New York, Djokovic will conquer all 4 Grand Slam tournaments in the identical season, a feat that no male tennis participant has achieved in 52 years (Rod Laver), and can overtake him. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal within the race for essentially the most main titles, with 21.

Monday’s day additionally noticed the quarterfinal qualification Alexander Zverev and Belinda Bencic, brand-new Olympic gold winners on the Tokyo Video games, and the British sensation Emma raducanu, 18 years previous.

However essentially the most tense second at Flushing Meadows got here on the Djokovic crossover, when rookie Brooksby gained the primary set. The world primary used his expertise towards the 20-year-old Californian and ended up profitable by 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6-2 in two hours and 58 minutes of play on the principle courtroom, Arthur Ashe.

The following rival of ‘Nole’ would be the Italian Matteo berrettini, sixth favourite, whom he beat within the last of final Wimbledon. “It’s going to be exciting. He loves the big stages. (He has) a great serve, a great game in general,” stated the Serbian in regards to the conflict with Berrettini, who on Monday defeated the German. Oscar Otte by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-2.

With as much as 41 unforced errors, Djokovic once more confirmed vulnerabilities much like these of Saturday towards the Japanese Kei nishikori, who additionally gained the primary set. Brooksby “I played a perfect first set and I couldn’t do much. I was trying to find my rhythm and my place in the game,” Djokovic acknowledged.

The American, quantity 99 within the ATP and who entered the US Open by invitation, additionally planted a battle within the second set starring in a few of the greatest moments of the match, however lastly succumbed to a Djokovic launched to put in writing one of many best feats of the match. this sport.

Zverev: “Gold sleeps next to me”

For its half, Alexander Zverev, runner-up within the final US Open, confronted one other of the good guarantees of the circuit, the Italian Jannik Sinner, whom he beat 6-4, 6-4 and 7-6 (9/7). The German, fourth seed in New York, solely had a couple of moments of hassle within the third set, when the tall Italian left glimpses of his expertise. Sinner, 20, had 5 set balls, however the German solved them by counting on his devastating serve (17 ‘aces’ to five for his rival).

The world quantity 4, after closing the sport within the ‘tiebreak’, revealed that he retains the gold medal achieved in Tokyo-2020 very shut. “I hug her at night,” he stated. “I don’t have a girlfriend, so the gold medal sleeps next to me (…) It’s a little reminder of what happened last month to give me some energy.”

Zverev thus continues on his technique to his second straight last at Flushing Meadows, following his 2020 loss to Dominic Thiem by which he blew a two-set lead. The German will see himself in quarters with the South African Lloyd Harris, 46 on the planet rankings, who got here again in a set towards to beat the American Reilly Opelka 6-7 (8-6), 6-4, 6-1 and 6-3.

Bencic, towards the Raducanu phenomenon

Belinda Bencic additionally maintained the momentum of his Olympic victory and beat Iga Swiatek, seventh favourite, 7-6 (14/12) and 6-3. The Eleventh-seeded Swiss continues to be cruising in New York, the place she has but to surrender a set. Bencic will battle to return two years later to the semifinals of the US Open towards the younger Emma raducanu, who continues to dazzle with out conceding a single set at Flushing Meadows.

The British, quantity 150 on the planet rating, had no issues to beat the American 6-2 and 6-1. Shelby rogers, who had struck a chord within the earlier spherical by eliminating primary, Ashleigh Barty. At 18 years previous, Raducanu is among the nice sensations of this US Open together with different tennis gamers of the identical age additionally within the quarterfinals such because the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz and the Canadian Leylah Fernandez.

For its half, the Czech Karolina Pliskova I beat the Russian 7-5 and 6-4 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and can face within the quarterfinals the winner of the final assembly on Monday between the Canadian Bianca Andreescu, champion of the US Open in 2019, and the Greek Maria Sakkari.