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World No.1 Djokovic inches closer to history

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-09-09 16:26
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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates defeating Matteo Berrettini of Italy during their Men's Singles quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2021 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. [Photo/Agencies]

NEW YORK - Top-seeded Novak Djokovic past Italy's Matteo Berrettini, 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the men's singles semifinals in the US Open here on Wednesday.

"When I lost the first set, I managed to forget about it, kind of be in the moment. I was dialed in, locked in from the beginning of the second set. I put my tennis to a different level. It's been the best three sets I've played in the tournament so far, for sure," Djokovic said.

The 34-year-old Serbian recovered from a slow start before he won the rest of the game.

"It was a great match. A lot of energy on the court, off the court as well," Djokovic said, "Matteo is a terrific player, an established Top 10 player. Every time we face each other, it's always a close battle. It wasn't any different tonight."

The world No.1 now just needs two wins to complete the calendar-year Grand Slam, a feat that hasn't been accomplished in men's tennis in more than half a century. Australian Rod Laver was the last man to sweep all four majors in a single season (1969).

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