New York-No one knows better than Matteo Berrettini that winning the first set of Novak Djokovic doesn’t make much sense.
But even with his first-hand experience in the Wimbledon final, when a slight disappointment opened the door to Djokovic’s offense, Berrettini could not stop history from playing in the quarterfinals of the United States on Wednesday night. Repeat. He couldn’t stop this story, period.
1 hour and 17 minutes, Berrettini gave himself a chance perfectly with his excellent forehand and service combination. After Berrettini scored with a scorching cross pass with 55 points, he scored four unforced errors from Djokovic in a tight serve to end the first set.
This is the third consecutive game of this championship and the ninth time in this year’s Grand Slam that Djokovic started from behind, although Berrettini won the first set of the Wimbledon final in the tiebreaker. . But all these games followed a familiar pattern, and Djokovic immediately raised the standard of the game and figured out how to beat his opponent.
“I feel good and played well,” Berrettini said. “He has this ability, which may be why he is the best at improving his game and level. No matter how well he plays, he just plays better.” He started to come back better and serve better. She just can’t take a step forward like him. He is worthy of victory.
Berrettini, the eighth-ranked player in the world, this year is just a traffic cone for Djokovic. It is possible to win a Grand Slam on his schedule. It is worth paying attention to, but it is easy to be third in a row. In a grand slam, Djokovic encountered some problems in the game against the great Italian, but he finally solved it, this time winning 57, 62, 62, 63.
“The best I have ever played The second, third and fourth games of the three sets so far,” Djokovic said. “I think I managed to improve my tennis level. When I lost the first set, I just went to a different level and stayed until the last point. This is definitely something that encourages me and gives me a lot of confidence.”
This victory brought Djokovic to the semifinals. He was only two wins away from Rod Laver’s last feat in 1969. He won all four in the same year. Grand Slam and broke the historical record of 21 times. He currently shares with his contemporaries Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
In the semi-finals, Alexander Zverev, the 24-year-old German, was only a few points away from winning the U.S. Open a year ago and defeated Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Tokyo Olympics this summer.