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US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic fights back to beat Matteo Berrettini, 2 steps away from ‘Calendar Slam’


Novak Djokovic once more fought back from a set down to beat Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 and transfer into the US Open semi-finals on Wednesday (September 8), the Serb now simply two wins away from a twenty first main that might full a calendar-year Grand Slam. Djokovic, who additionally misplaced the opening set in his earlier two matches, and Berrettini have met solely thrice however two have been this 12 months when the stakes have been at their highest – the Wimbledon ultimate and French Open quarters – with the world primary profitable each instances in 4 units.

The 25-year-old Italian had a 3rd shot at derailing Djokovic’s Grand Slam plans on Wednesday however as soon as once more couldn’t seize his likelihood, changing simply one among 5 break alternatives, that coming within the first set. Djokovic takes another step up in class in the next round, the place he faces fourth seed Alexander Zverev, the participant who final month ended his bid for a ‘Golden Slam’ by beating him within the Tokyo Olympics semi-finals.

Zverev arrives on the ultimate 4 as the most well liked participant in males`s tennis, advancing with a 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4 win over unseeded South African Lloyd Harris to lengthen his profitable run to 16 matches.

Solid Maria Sakkari reaches final 4 stage

Maria Sakkari leveraged her highly effective serve and wonderful court docket protection to attain the US Open semifinals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Karolina Pliskova on Wednesday and devoted her win to the individuals of Greece, who’ve endured a summer time of brutal wildfires. Sakkari was rock strong all through the win on Arthur Ashe Stadium, hounding Pliskova into errors and getting an early break earlier than occurring take the primary set.

The Greek seventeenth seed maintained the aggression within the second set, changing on break level within the seventh recreation as 2016 runner-up Pliskova failed to match her depth. The Czech, runner-up at Wimbledon this 12 months, dedicated three double faults and 20 unforced errors within the match earlier than Sakkari wrapped issues up in a single hour and 22 minutes.

Roland Garros semi-finalist Sakkari used her serve to devastating impact, profitable 22 straight service factors after beginning the second recreation of the match down 0-30. “I served really, really well,” she instructed reporters. “I’m very happy I managed my stress level and my expectations. Especially at the end of the match, it was quite tough to close it out, but I think I did quite well.”

She devoted her win to the individuals back residence in Greece, the place greater than 500 fires compelled the evacuation of dozens of villages and 1000’s of individuals. “For me, winning for Greece, making Greek people proud and happy, especially in difficult times, it makes me even more happy because you know how much I love my country,” she mentioned.

(with Reuters inputs)

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