09/12/2021 at 5:01 PM CEST
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic will face Daniil Medvedev (22:00 / Eurosport) in the final of the US Open 2021 in search of the fourth Grand Slam of the year. The current world number 1 has before him the opportunity to complete a practically perfect year: only the defeat in the semifinals of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will prohibit him from fighting for the Golden Slam in the same year.
The Balkan, who got rid of his black beast Alexander Zverev in the semifinals, will test his level against the number 2, who got rid of Auger-Aliassime: The Canadian reached the penultimate round after Carlos Alcaraz abandoned their US Open quarter-final match due to injury after beating Tsitsipas in the round of 32.
The Russian is the last hurdle for a Djokovic who wants to become the tennis player with the most Grand Slam in his record. After winning at Wimbledon, the Serbian equaled Roger Federer and Rafael Nada with a total of 20 each. In this edition of the US Open, he could overcome it and establish himself as one of the best athletes in professional tennis.
The Olympic medal, the only but
If Novak Djokovic’s 2021 has a but it is, without a doubt, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Serbian reached the semifinals, but crashed into a great Zverev who made it to the final in three historic sets. The German snatched the opportunity to enter history as one of the tennis players who owns a Golden Slam. Nor did he take the bronze, falling to Pablo Carreño in the match for third and fourth place.
The Balkan missed the opportunity to complete the Golden Slam in the same year, something that no one has ever achieved in the history of professional tennis.. He will have the option of matching Rod Laver, the Asturian tennis player who achieved the four Grand Slams in the same calendar year in 1962 and 1969 and that no one has ever repeated since then.