The duel, which lasts more than three hours, leads the 34-year-old Serb to reach the ninth final of the United States Open.
As such, he is ahead of Pete Sampras and Ivan Lendl as well as seizing the modern era record.
After the Australian Open (in February), Roland-Garros (in June) and Wimbledon (in July), Djokovic is just one win away from winning a calendar grand slam, in other words, all four of the biggest in a single tournament. win the tennis tournament. year.
Only two men in history have succeeded: American Donald Budge in 1938 and Australian Rod Laver twice in 1962 and 1969. German Steffi Graf is the last person to achieve this feat in 1988.
” These are the moments we live for. These are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that get bored looking for motivation. I’m going to play the next game like it’s the last game of my career. »
Number one in the world is having a historic year. His victory at Wimbledon allowed him to equalize his two arch-rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with their 20th major title. A win at Flushing Meadows would push that record to 21. But neither the Spanish nor the Swiss succeeded in a calendar grand slam.
Djokovic will face Russian Daniil Medvedev (2nd) on Sunday.
The Serb noted that it would be a fight against another fit man. We played in the Australian Open final earlier this year. I know what is expected of me. He has two grand slam finals behind him. I’m sure he’ll give anything to win his first major championship. I will give everything in the tank to win this match.
Nearly six weeks after stealing Djokovic’s Olympic gold medal dream, Zverev saw his 16-game winning streak come to an end.
In this duel that featured several long rallies, Djokovic and Zverev ignited the show with a wide variety of shots from the first set.
After Djokovic’s double foul in the ninth game, Zverev finally won the first set. Returning for the serve, the German needed three balls to win 6-4.
It was the fourth game in a row where Djokovic lost the first set. However, Japanese Kei Nishikori recovered well against American Jenson Brooksby and Italian Matteo Berrettini.
Zverev continued his momentum by giving his opponent a hard time in the first match of the second half and pushing both duos, but the Serbian managed to get away with it.
Djokovic then took a break and took the situation forward 2-0. He did it again at 5-2 and made his second attempt to take the second set.
In the third set, Djokovic showed signs of fragility on the serve in the first and fifth games. He offered the German three break points, but the latter failed to win the pivotal point.
In turn, the favorite of the tournament managed to break Zverev at the third set point during a service match, in which there was a significant change of 53 shots.
Zverev took a 2-1 lead after beating the world’s number one team in the fourth set. Both players then won their serves to enter the final set.
However, Djokovic did not give Zverev a chance as he took a 5-0 lead. He stumbled upon his chance to win on the serve, but broke the German to end the argument.
The German made it to the final of the United States Open last year and lost in all five sets, but ahead of Dominic Thiem of Austria.
– With information from Agence France-Presse