Tennis Olympic champion Alexander Zverev was eliminated from the US Open after a big fight in the semifinals against top favorite Novak Djokovic. Six weeks after the success in Tokyo, the 24-year-old from Hamburg lost to the ten-year-old Serb on Friday evening (local time) in New York 6: 4, 2: 6, 4: 6, 6: 4, 2: 6. Djokovic will now face the Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final on Sunday (10 p.m. CEST), who had prevailed 6: 4, 7: 5, 6: 2 against the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime. Djokovic still has the chance to become the first man in 52 years to win the Grand Slam from all four major tournaments in one calendar year. Rod Laver was last successful in 1969.
Record within reach
A triumph at the US Open would be Djokovic’s 21st tournament victory in a Grand Slam, which would make him the sole record holder. He currently shares the top spot in this ranking with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who also have 20 wins in a major.
Zverev, on the other hand, has to wait for his first triumph in a major one year after the lost Grand Slam final against Austrian Dominic Thiem, when he was only two points short of victory in New York. His streak of last 16 successful matches also ended.