Djokovic tops Berrettini in Open QF to close in on true Slam

No opponent, or the prospect of what’s at stake, has been too much to handle. Not yet, Comunque. And now he’s two wins away from the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since 1969, along with a men’s-record 21st major championship overall.

Djokovic ceded the opening set for the third consecutive match at Flushing Meadows — and ninth time at a major in 2021 — but again it didn’t matter, because he quickly corrected his strokes and beat No. 6 seed Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in a quarterfinal that began Wednesday night and concluded after midnight Thursday.

EMMA RADUCANU MAKES HISTORY AS SHE ADVANCES TO US OPEN SEMIFINALS

Novak Djokovic, della Serbia, motions and looks up after defeating Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Thursday, Sett. 9, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Novak Djokovic, della Serbia, motions and looks up after defeating Matteo Berrettini, of Italy, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament Thursday, Sett. 9, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

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