Top seed Novak Djokovic will look to avenge his Olympic semifinal defeat to Alexander Zverev in the semifinal of the 2021 US Open on Friday, September 10. Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Alexander Zverev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Alexander Zverev Head to Head
Djokovic leads 6-3 head to head and is 2-1 this year, having lost the most latest of their encounters in Tokyo despite taking the first set.
The Serb leads 2-0 in Grand Slams, having beaten Zverev in the quarterfinals of the French Open in 2019 and the Australian Open this year.
Djokovic Stays Perfect Against Berrettini
Extending his dominance over sixth seed Matteo Berrettini, Djokovic defeated the Italian for the fourth time in as many meetings to march into the semifinals of the U.S. Open. The Serb is now just two wins away from breaking away from Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the race to most Grand Slam victories.
Having defeated the Italian in the French Open quarterfinal and the Wimbledon final earlier this year, Djokovic followed a similar pattern on Wednesday, dropping a set but eventually winning in four. Converting five of 16 break points while saving four of five, Djokovic entered a 42nd Grand Slam semifinal with a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 ,6-3 victory in three hours and 26 minutes.
He is 30-11 from his previous 41 final four appearances in majors.
Wednesday’s win was the third straight match when the World No. 1 overcame a first-set deficit to win in four. It was also the fourth time in the tournament that Djokovic had dropped a set. Danish teenager Holger Rune gave him a bit of a fight in the first round, before going down 1-6, 7-6, 2-6, 1-6. Djokovic had an easy second round outing against Tallon Griekspoor, taming the Dutch 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, but lost the first set in the next three rounds.
First it was Kei Nishikori, who took the first set 6-7, before being outclassed 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 in the next three; then it was American next gen star Jenson Brooksby who needed less than 30 minutes to take the first set but couldn’t keep pace for the rest of the match, losing the fourth round encounter 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
Against Berrettini, Djokovic won 74 percent of points of first serve points and struck 44 winners, including 12 aces. He hit 28 unforced errors to the Italian’s 43 and extended his perfect record in U.S. Open quarterfinals to 12-0.
Zverev Extends Streak to 16 Matches
Alexander Zverev is one step away from returning to the U.S. Open final. Last year’s runner-up struck 21 aces on his way to a 7-6 (8-6), 6-3, 6-4 win over Lloyd Harris in the quarterfinal.
The two-hour-and-six-minute match saw the German win 82% first serve points and hit 43 winners and 26 unforced errors. Broken twice in the match, Zverev converted four of nine break points to reach a second major semifinal of the season. He had reached the stage at the French Open before falling to Stefanos Tsitsipas in a five-set thriller.
The World No. 4 has not lost a match since exiting the Wimbledon in the fourth round. Since then he went on to win the gold at the Olympics and a fifth Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati.
Wednesday’s win was his 16th consecutive victory and such has been his dominance that he has dropped just three sets during the streak.
Zverev began his U.S. Open campaign with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 win over Sam Querrey and followed it with a 6-1, 6-0, 6-3 hammering of Albert Ramos-Vinolas. He was challenged by Jack Sock in the third round, before the American withdrew with an injury while trailing 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-1. He looked convincing again in his 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (9-7) Round of 16 win against Jannik Sinner, before ending Harris’ dream run in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Djokovic v Zverev Prediction and Tip
Can Zverev keep the streak going? Can Djokovic get his Tokyo revenge? Will the German get a shot at a first major title or will the Serb get a shot at his 21st?
Plenty of questions, all will be answered on Friday, but for now it looks likely that the match will need five sets to separate the two.