Brushes Berrettini Aside 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in US Open Q-Final
Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis export, was again the cynosure of all eyes on Wednesday in the second of US Open’s quarter final matches. Almost as a new tradition, he had to dig deep on his vast experience, rise from a set down to dismiss his Italian opponent, Matteo Berrettini, in a thrilling five set game. The win secured, he is two matches away from rewriting tennis grand slam history.
Dropping the opening set, third in as many matches in at least, the tournament, Djokovic made good his resilient come-back strokes to disorient the 6th seed Berrettini, his All England Club last opponent before sending him out with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 result.
With the victory, Djokovic effectively booked his place in Friday’s semi final match against his Tokyo Olympics conqueror and 4th seed, Alexander Zverev.
A win for the Serbian on Friday will take him away from the position he currently shares with rivals, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, all pitched at three gland slam titles in one season. However, a possible diadem placing on Sunday’s final will take him away to a new height, putting him in the same podium with both Don Budge, 1938, and Rod Laver, 1962 and 1969. With the duo, he will be home as the only known male tennis players to have won all four grand slam titles in one season.
Uniquely, Djokovic’s victory in a game that lasted from late Wednesday night to early Thursday morning, came after he dropped the first set, one too many. Is it a strategy or gut fight, challenged by the possibility of a defeat? These are some of the questions buzzing on the minds of tennis fans who have seen one of their idols rise from being a set down to shoving his opponents aside and advancing to the next stage.