Djokovic defeats Zverev, only one win until ‘Calendar Grand Slam’

Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Alexander Zverev during the men’s singles semifinal match at the US Open tennis tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, USA on the 10th (local time). AP Yonhap News

Novak Djokovic (34, Serbia, world No. 1) has only one win left in the men’s singles calendar grand slam achievement in 52 years.

Djokovic defeated Alexander Zverev (24, Germany, 4th place) 3-2 (4-6 6-) in the men’s singles semifinal of the US Open tennis tournament held at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on the 11th (Korean time). 2 6-4 4-6 6-2).

Two days later, Djokovic met Dani Medvedev (25, Russia, 2nd place) in the final, and if he wins this tournament, it is the first time in 52 years since Rod Laver (Australia) in 1969 that he won the singles of the four major men’s tennis tournaments in one season. set up

He also broke the record for most men’s singles wins at a major event. Currently, Rafael Nadal (35, Spain, 5th) and Roger Federer (40, Switzerland, 9th) are tied in the 20th inning, but in this tournament, they can achieve their first ever 21st championship record. Nadal and Federer were absent from the tournament.

Alexander Zverev (left) and Novak Djokovic hug on the center court after the men’s singles semifinal match at the US Open tennis tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, USA on the 10th (local time). AFP Yonhap News

Djokovic said in an interview after confirming that he had made it to the finals, “Now there is one game left.” “It’s ‘all-in’.” Let’s try it once,’ and burned his will to achieve a great record. “I will pour all my passion and soul, my body and my brain into this game,” he said.

The men’s singles ‘Calendar Grand Slam’ is a record that has only appeared three times, including Don Budge (USA) in 1938 and Laver in 1962 and 1969. There were three women’s singles: Maureen Connolly (USA) in 1953, Margaret Court (Australia) in 1970, and Steffi Graf (Germany) in 1988.

If Djokovic had also won the Tokyo Olympics this year, he could have achieved the ‘Golden Grand Slam’ for the first time in history, sweeping the four majors and Olympic gold medals, but lost to Tsverev in the semifinals and failed to achieve his goal.

The final between Djokovic and Medvedev will start at 5 a.m. local time on the 13th.

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