Novak Djokovic meets the predictions and will play in the US Open final. Ben Shelton, all self-confidence, power and youth, could not make his way into the Serbian tennis player’s monologue, which he handled as he pleased, except for the eventful finale, a match decided in three sets, all of them on his side (6-3, 6-3, 7-6). Djokovic enters his tenth final at Flushing Meadows, in which he awaits a rival in the duel between Carlos Alcaraz and Daniil Medvedev.
Djokovic, who was the great favorite to beat Ben Shelton in the match, the surprise of the tournament and great hope for the United States for the future, did not fail and used experience to stop the momentum of his rival, who was noticed 20 years old and little experience during the first two and a half sets of the match. When he wanted to regulate, temper his momentum and dedicate himself to undermining Nole’s game, we experienced the most emotional moments of the match, even reaching a tie-break in the third, in which Djokovic imposed his law and recorded his name among the finalists of the US Open 2023.
It was a match dominated by the veteran, who in turn was the favorite and the one who drew the script for a match marked by the power of Ben Shelton, the fastest server on the circuit today, who, however, could only hook five aces in the entire match, the same as the double faults he performed and the direct serves that Djokovic also managed to connect.
The best returner in history doing his thing, with punctuality in a first set in which he broke on one occasion, the decisive one, and a second in which he continued to undermine Shelton’s confidence, with two more breaks that made it more difficult above is the path the North American must face if he wanted to dream of reaching the final of the US Open.
Djokovic takes the call to the final
The public, as it could not be otherwise, cheered on Ben, a local pupil and also a loser for the moment in the duel against one of the greatest tennis players in history, who with his usual formula, minimizing mistakes and becoming stronger that nobody in the hot moments, had put the contest back on track. Things would change in a third set that was going to be owned by Djokovic again at the beginning, but that, and this is what changed, would find the reaction of Shelton, who wanted to leave with a good taste in his mouth.
The American achieved it, who was going to make nothing of the two occasions in which Djokovic sent with two non-definitive breaks, and returned in the same coin by Ben. However, the young Shelton would say enough at the decisive moment, a tie-break in which Novak threw his head, arm and legs to put all his strength on the grill and make any scenario impossible other than the one in which he was placed, with the two feet, in a new US Open final. All that remains is to meet a rival.
THIS LEAGUE! THIS LEAGUE! THIS LEAGUE! pic.twitter.com/M39UlKWfxu
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 8, 2023
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