The number 1 in the world, Novak Djokovic, is one victory away from one of the greatest sporting achievements. The Grand Slam – winning all four major titles in the same season – is still at stake after the Serb beat German Alexander Zverev 4/6, 6/2, 6/4, 4/6 and 6/2 on Friday in US Open semifinal.
Djokovic was one game away from reaching the record of 21 Grand Slam titles in men’s tennis and avenged his loss to Zverev at the Tokyo Olympics in front of a raucous crowd at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Currently tied for record Grand Slam titles with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 each, Djokovic will also outperform rivals, with whom he makes up tennis’s “Big Three,” in Grand Slam titles if he wins on Sunday.
Federer and Nadal did not compete in the last Grand Slam of the year because of injuries.
“Only one game to go. Let’s go with everything, go with everything. Let’s do it,” Djokovic said.
“I will put my heart and my soul and my body and my head in this game. I will treat the next game as if it were the last in my career.”
He will face Russian Daniil Medvedev in Sunday’s final after world number 2 dispatched 21-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime in the semifinals.