Djokovic overcame a slow start against the Italian sixth seed Matteo Berrettini before wrapping up a 57 62 62 63 victory in US Open quarterfinals World number one Novak Djokovic saw off Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open on Wednesday then swatted away questions about his bid to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to sweep all four majors in the same calendar year.
Djokovic overcame a slow start against the Italian sixth seed before wrapping up a 57 62 62 63 victory and moving a step closer to his 21st Grand Slam title. Also Read: Medvedev, Fernandez advance to US Open semifinals The Serb, who will take on German fourth seed Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, cut off Patrick McEnroe when he edged towards the subject in an oncourt interview. “You don`t have to ask me anything about that,” said Djokovic. “I don`t want to think about it, I know it`s there, just focusing on the next match and let`s go stepbystep.”
He was also determined not to talk about it in the postmatch new conference. “I have had enough of answering that. I just said millions of times that, of course, I`m aware of the history, of course it gives me motivation,” said the 34yearold. “If I start to think about it too much, it burdens me mentally. I want to really go back to the basics and what really works for me mentally.” Djokovic, tied with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal on 20 majors, acknowledged
he was in a unique position but added that he expected a battle against Zverev, who denied him a shot at a “Golden Slam” by winning their Tokyo Olympics semifinal.”These are the hurdles that I need to overcome in order to get to the desired destination … but I know what works for me to win just the next match,” he said.”So that`s the reason why I stopped Patrick … let`s talk about it (making history) hopefully on Sunday.”
US Open semifinal
Daniil Medvedev advanced to his third straight US Open semifinal on Tuesday while Canadian 19yearold Leylah Fernandez delivered another stunner to reach the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time. Russian second seed Medvedev, chasing his first Slam title, eliminated 117thranked Dutch qualifier Botic Van de Zandschulp 63, 60, 46, 75 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“I just want to do a little bit better than the last two times and get this extra step, which is the toughest one, actually,” Medvedev said.Also Read: Djokovic overcomes flat start to reach US Open quarterfinalsMedvedev moved one victory from a possible championship match against historychasing Novak Djokovic.The 25yearold from Moscow was a 2019 US Open runnerup and lost this year`s Australian Open final to topranked Djokovic, who seeks his fourth US Open title to complete the first men`s singles calendaryear Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.
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“I don`t think about him, because as we saw, anybody can beat anybody,” Medvedev said. “If he`s in the final, and if I`m there, I`m happy. He`s also happy, I guess.” Fernandez, who had already ousted defending champion Naomi Osaka and threetime Slam winner Angelique Kerber, defeated Ukraine`s fifthseeded Elina Svitolina 63, 36, 76 (7/5). “I told myself to trust my shots,” Fernandez said. “Even if I lose, I`ve got to go for it. And I`m glad I did.”
Fernandez, ranked 73rd, was inspired by prematch strategy from her father/coach Jorge, a former Ecuadoran football player. “He told me to go out and have fun, fight for every point,” she said. “It`s your first Grand Slam quarterfinal. Don`t make it your last. Don`t make it your last match over here. Fight for your dream.”