The athlete advanced from Belgrade to his tenth final after defeating Ben Shelton in the semi-finals. The Serb was the favorite in the match against the American and, as expected, eliminated the biggest sensation in this year’s tournament. The fate of the duel was decided by the famous “Nul” in three groups.
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Although Djokovic has played in the final of the US Open nine times so far, he has only been able to enjoy final victory three times. This happened in 2011, 2015 and 2018, and he lost the rest of the battles. The most painful defeat occurred two years ago, when the Serb, who was fighting for a Grand Slam title, was unexpectedly forced to accept Daniil Medvedev’s superiority.
Interestingly, the Russian could also be the 36-year-old’s opponent in this year’s final. But before that, he must beat Carlos Alcaraz in the semifinals. The Spaniard is the winner of the New York event twelve months ago.
It is worth noting that Noel equaled Serena Williams’ achievement by reaching the tenth US Open final in her career. The American champion, taking into account the women’s and men’s competitions in the Open Era, is to date the record holder for appearances in the decisive match of a Grand Slam event. Now he shares this title with Djokovic.
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