Novak Djokovic is one step away from history, after winning in 5 sets against Alexander Zverev in the semifinal of the US Open 2021. Even in the era of the three phenomena that have engulfed any tournament and precluded all hope from all others, no one had ever been so close from the dream called Grand Slam.
The Serbian is now where he hoped to be: only Daniil Medvedev separates him from the perfect year, without blemish or defeat. Sascha Zverev gives up with honor, one who in the second half of 2021 reconciled with himself by becoming a fantastic player (on the court, let's leave out all the ousite problems).
Djokovic wins with a score of 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in 3h38m. On Sunday Daniil Medvedev will play the third final in a Grand Slam tournament, the second in New York after the one lost in five sets against Nadal in 2019 and also the second in a 2021 that nails him - with merit - to the second seat of the ranking, the first if the Serbian extraterrestrial is excluded.
Felix Auger-Aliassime could have won the second set - where he was 5-2 ahead - but if he had probably won it, it would have changed the form of the Russian's victory, but not the substance. A single break decides the first fraction, the one that Medvedev scores at 3-3 at the first and only chance of the set for those who are in response.
Ahead 5-2 in the second set, the Canadian collapses badly undergoing a partial of five consecutive games, winning just two of the last 17 points. The Canadian also missed two setpoints at 5-3 with his serve available in a game that also saw him ahead 30-0.
Basically the young Canadian's game ends here in what is thought to be the first of a substantial series of Grand Slam semifinals. Medvedev at the start puts two breaks away between himself and Auger-Aliassime and ends up by marking a success 6-2 that has never really been questioned.
US Open 2021: teenagers Raducanu and Fernandez in the final!
Leylah Annie Fernandez is the first finalist of the US Open 2021. The very young Canadian defeated Aryna Sabalenka in three sets, with the final score of 7-6 (4) 4-6 6-4, showing a skilful management of pressure, playing with a very effective tennis, but also very intelligent in the clutch moments of the challenge.
Leylah took her third win against a top 5 in this tournament and became the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in 2004. Emma Raducanu is the first qualifier in the history of the US Open to reach the final without losing a set and giving up only 27 games in all, 43 with the three qualifying rounds.
The young British tennis player beat Maria Sakkari in straight sets, with the final score of 6-1 6-4, showing incredible tennis in the moments of pressure of the match. Pressure that mentally crumbled her Greek opponent's.
In the final of the new York Slam, Fernandez she will meet her British contemporary Emma Raducanu, in what will be the coolest and most incredible challenge seen in recent years.