Matteo's dream has lasted for 3 hours and 24 minutes.
Matteo Berrettini’s dream of taking the scalp of the phenomenon Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the US Open lasted just over a set, the last Grand Slam of the season.
The Serbian number 1 qualifies for the semi-finals with a win in 4 sets 5-7 6-2 6-2 6-3 at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Nole is thus 2 games away from completing a sensational Grand Slam, which would be the first in the new millennium and in the last 52 years: the last to succeed was the Australian Rod Laver in 1969.
The match lasted 3 hours and 24 minutes that remained in equilibrium practically only in the first set won by the blue 7-5 thanks to an 11 game break. After losing the first set, however, Djokovic enters “monster” mode and our Matteo turns off the light. The other three sets are a severe tennis lesson and also a warning for German Alexander Zverev penultimate obstacle for Djokovic on the road to yet another career triumph.
“It was a great match. A lot of energy on the pitch, even off the pitch ”, said after the match the number 1 in the world who did not forget to congratulate Berrettini:“ Matteo is a formidable player, an established top 10 player. Whenever we confront each other, it is always a close battle. They were definitely the best three sets I’ve played in the tournament so far ”. For the blue it was the fourth knockout in four games with Djokovic and is 0-10 against the top 10 in the Grand Slam tournaments.
The other semifinal of the men’s draw will instead face Russian Daniil Medvedev and young Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime.
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