US Open: Novak Djokovic tames Taylor Fritz to enter record 47th Grand Slam semi-final | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic displayed his dominance by securing a record-breaking spot in the US Open semi-finals, which will be his 47th appearance in the last-four stage of a Grand Slam.
Djokovic triumphed over American ninth seed Taylor Fritz with a convincing 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 win.
The former world No. 1 is relentlessly pursuing his quest for a historic 24th Grand Slam title, a record in the men’s category.

At 36 years of age, Djokovic has now advanced to the semi-finals in New York for the remarkable 13th time, solidifying his incredible track record of 12 consecutive victories against American opponents at the US Open.
“It’s a huge opportunity every single time I step out onto the court at this age, at this stage of my life,” said Djokovic, who broke the mark he shared with Roger Federer for most major semi-final appearances.
“I don’t know how many more opportunities I’ll get so I’m trying to enjoy it as much as I can.”
“I’ve played so many times on this court, so many epic matches. I can’t wait for another in a few days’ time,” added the three-time US Open champion.

Djokovic, set to regain the coveted number one ranking from Carlos Alcaraz next week, stands just one victory away from achieving the remarkable feat of reaching the finals in all four major tournaments in the same calendar year, a milestone he’s accomplished twice before in his illustrious career.
While Djokovic holds a 2-0 head-to-head record against the 2022 US Open semi-finalist Tiafoe, he has yet to cross paths with the talented 20-year-old Shelton, making their potential encounter in the upcoming match an intriguing prospect.
“I will enjoy that match from the sofa with my physio and some popcorn and a nice drink – water with lemon. I will put my legs up and try to recover,” said Djokovic.
“I have to be ready for whatever will come my way from the opposite side of the net. Both players are very charismatic and dynamic players. It will be great to watch them play.”

Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak against Fritz to eight matches with ease, unlike their previous Grand Slam encounter at the 2021 Australian Open, where Fritz had pushed him to five sets.
On a scorching afternoon at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Fritz struggled to make any significant impact against the formidable Serbian.
In the opening game, Djokovic faced a break point but quickly took command of the match as the partially closed roof provided some respite from the sun’s intensity.
Fritz had been formidable on serve, losing it only once on his way to his first-ever US Open quarter-final. However, Djokovic broke him three consecutive times to easily secure the first set.

Fritz, with a tennis lineage as his mother Kathy May reached the quarter-finals in 1978, managed to hold his serve to begin the second set, briefly slowing Djokovic’s momentum. Nevertheless, Djokovic broke again for a 2-1 lead, and despite Fritz’s efforts with four break points in the following game, he couldn’t breach Djokovic’s impenetrable defence.
Djokovic’s early break was enough to put him up by two sets after sealing it with an ace on set point.
Fritz had another chance at 15-40 on Djokovic’s serve in the sixth game of the third set. However, his failure to capitalize on these opportunities grew increasingly costly as Djokovic broke him to edge closer to victory.

While Fritz managed to break back when Djokovic made an uncharacteristic forehand error, a series of errors from the American in the subsequent game signaled the end of his US Open journey as Djokovic eventually served out the match for the win.
“I didn’t take my chances,” said Fritz, who converted only two of 12 break points.
“I didn’t think that he played any of those points I guess exceptionally, raised his level. He was solid, and I didn’t perform well enough on a lot of the big points.”

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