Djokovic moves closer to calendar Grand Slam with victory over Berrettini

Novak Djokovic is two wins away from winning his fourth consecutive Grand Slam title this year, as the World No.1 rallied from a set down to defeat Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals of the 2021 US Open and record his 26th straight victory at a major this year.

In a rematch of this year's Wimbledon final, Djokovic overcame a strong start from the sixth-seeded Italian to pull off the 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3 victory. The Serbian played well in the first set, but Berrettini was the aggressor as he attacked with his powerful forehand groundstrokes, eventually breaking down Djokovic's defense to run away with the first set.

However, the loss of the opening set seemed to revitalize the top seed, as he quickly broke Berrettini at the start of the second. From this point onward, it was all Djokovic as the 34-year old dominated his opponent using his precise shot-making and impenetrable defense. The Serbian proceeded to run away with the match, hitting 44 winners to only 28 unforced errors and sealing his victory after three hours and 26 minutes.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion will face Alexander Zverev in a rematch of the Tokyo Olympics semifinal, where the German shattered his dreams of achieving the Golden Slam. Zverev overcame Lloyd Harris in straight sets earlier in the day, to reach his second straight US Open semifinal.

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