The Serbian Novak Djokovic has advanced to the semifinals of the US Open, beating American Taylor Fritz in three sets (6-1, 6-4, and 6-4). Djokovic celebrated his victory by singing in front of the Flushing Meadows Center Court crowd, which had been strongly rooting for his rival during the match.
This advance marks a record in Djokovic’s career, as it is his 47th Grand Slam semifinal, surpassing the previous mark held by Roger Federer. In his US Open track record, Djokovic has reached the semifinals in 13 quarterfinal appearances, with only Jimmy Connors having more semifinal appearances at this tournament.
Djokovic shared his excitement with the crowd by asking them to join him in singing a song that was playing in the stadium. This is an impressive comeback for Djokovic, who was absent from the US Open last year due to his refusal to take a coronavirus vaccine.
The next hurdle for him in his quest for his 24th Grand Slam title will be the winner of the match between Americans Frances Tiafoe and Ben Shelton.
Djokovic expressed his respect for both American players, acknowledging their charisma and passion on court.
The Serb is determined to win his fourth US Open title and extend his lead in the race for Grand Slam crowns compared to Rafael Nadal, who owns 22. Djokovic has shown his ability to focus and impressive defensive play at this tournament.
Despite facing tense moments in the third set, Djokovic remained focused and closed out the match in forceful fashion. He is now preparing to face Carlos Alcaraz in the next stage of the tournament. Djokovic is confident of harnessing the energy of the home crowd to give his best in the upcoming US Open challenges.