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Djokovic Storms Into US Open Final, One Victory From Calendar Grand Slam

Djokovic Storms Into US Open Final, One Victory From Calendar Grand Slam

Novak Djokovic has sealed a place in the final of the US Open after battling tooth and nail to overcome Alexander Zverev in the semi final in the early hours of Saturday.

Djokovic got there in style, coming from behind early on, then surviving an onslaught from an opponent who seemed for a time that he might just have Djokovic’s number.

Zverev came close, forcing Djokovic to go the distance in a grueling 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win, but the razor-thin margin only made Djokovic’s number at the Grand Slams in 2021 seem even more mysterious.

By beating Zverev, Djokovic matched Federer’s all-time record of 31 men’s Slam final appearances. Djokovic is 20-10 in major finals.The final is a rematch of February’s Australian Open final won by Djokovic in straight sets.

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Djokovic is the oldest US Open finalist since Andre Agassi at 35 in 2005 and could be the oldest US Open champion since Ken Rosewall at 35 in 1971.

After winning the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon this year and knocking out his first challengers at the U.S. Open, Djokovic now has to defeat only Daniil Medvedev of Russia in Sunday’s final to become the first man to win the Grand Slam in a calendar year since Rod Laver did it in 1969.

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