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‘My best three sets of tennis so far’ – Novak Djokovic powers on at US Open

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Novak Djokovic maintained his push for the Grand Slam after he powered past Matteo Berrettini in the US Open quarter-final.

The world number one needs only the US Open to win the first calendar Grand Slam for 52 years having already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon this year.

Djokovic once again dropped the first set, but he slowly worked his way to his most efficient tennis and slowly wore down the resistance of an increasingly dispirited Berrettini.

The Italian was never allowed to build on winning the opening set, which he pinched at the very end, with Djokovic suffocating him with an outstanding return game to earn a 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 success.

“It was a great match. A lot of energy on court and off the court.

“Matteo is a great player, an established player. Every time we face each other it’s a tight battle. Wasn’t any different tonight.

“When I lost the first set, I managed to forget about it and move on. I was dialled-in, I was locked-in really from the start of the second set.

“I put my tennis to a different level and it was the best three sets I have played so far in the tournament.”

Djokovic will now face Alexander Zverev in Friday’s semi-final, with either Daniil Medvedev or Felix Auger-Aliassime awaiting the winner in the final.

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