The men’s semifinals got underway this Friday with the duel between Novak Djokovic (No. 2) vs. Ben Shelton (N°47), the great revelation of the tournament. He was a triumph for the European 6-3, 6-2 and 7-6 (7-4) in a total display of experience by one of the best tennis players of all time.
The explosive and charismatic tennis player from Atlanta20 years old, could not continue in the race despite the fact that with his devastating left arm, honed in a childhood when he played as an American football quarterback, he managed to become the youngest American in the tournament since Michael Chang in 1992. The son and pupil of the former player Bryan Shelton He gave his all on the court, but it wasn’t enough to reach the final.
with this victory Djokovic He has won 22 of his 23 semifinal duels since 2015 in Grand Slams and will now play the final number 36 of the majors of his career. The 36-year-old star from Belgrade has been to all three major finals this year, with victories at the Australian Open and Roland Garros and the bitter defeat at Wimbledon against Alcaraz. On the other side of the key, there are precisely Spanish and Russian Daniil Medvedev.
Destroying another historical mark of Roger Federer, the Serb Djokovic He had crushed fellow American Taylor Fritz on Tuesday to reach the semifinals of the US Open. The European defeated the local team 6-1, 6-4 and 6-4. “Every time I go out on the court at this age, at this stage of my life, it is a great opportunity,” the 36-year-old Belgrade star recalled at the time. “I don’t know how many more options I’ll have, so I try to enjoy it as much as I can.”
In his history at Flushing Meadows, Nole He remains undefeated in 13 appearances in the quarterfinals and only Jimmy Connors has more appearances in the semifinals of this Grand Slam, with 14.