Novak Djokovic hasn’t had it all his own way in his bid for tennis supremacy but the world number one has battled his way to the last eight. Despite losing sets to Holger Rune, Kei Nishikori and Jenson Brooksby, Djokovic has bounced back in emphatic fashion and is now three wins away from a record-breaking 21st grand slam title and the calendar grand slam.
The first of Djokovic’s three opponents is the player he beat to win his last grand slam and that is Matteo Berrettini. Despite a five set scare against Ilya Ivashka, the Italian has looked rather impressive so far in this tournament and has bounced back from a shoulder injury that ruled him out of the Olympics rather impressively. Now the sixth seed is looking to shock the world and reach the last four in New York.
Both of their grand slam meetings this season have gone to four sets and a similar fate could be awaiting. However the same winner will still be produced as Berrettini may not have the same energy to produce a similar performance to the one at Wimbledon.
Prediction: Djokovic in four sets.
Karolina Pliskova  v Maria Sakkari  H2H & Match Fundamentals
Karolina Pliskova is continuing her brilliant second half of the season as she looks to take advantage of a depleted half of the draw. Having survived a massive scare against Amanda Anisimova in the second round, Pliskova has now found her rhythm again as she aims to reach the final in New York for the second time in her career.
First Pliskova will have to negotiate her way through a determined Maria Sakkari who edged past Bianca Andreescu in three and a half hours to make her way into the last eight. After heartbreak at Roland Garros, Sakkari is now looking to show that it is her time to make her big grand slam breakthrough.
Sakkari will look to extend the rallies as much as possible against the big-serving Pliskova. However the fourth seed has recently improved her counter-attacking skills and is serving better than she has ever done which should give her the edge in this entertaining contest.
Just like Belinda Bencic on the women’s side, Alexander Zverev has continued his Olympic winning form into the last grand slam of the season with an impressive straight sets win over Jannik Sinner showing where his confidence is at the moment. Now the German looks to continue his form into the latter stages as he bids for a grand slam title.
But first Zverev will have to negotiate his way past Lloyd Harris who produced an impressive performance to edge out Reilly Opelka in the last round. Underestimate Harris at your peril with the South African already beating Rafael Nadal and Denis Shapovalov this American hard court season. Now he aims to reach the US Open semi-finals for the first time in his career.
Harris will need to play some of the best tennis of his career if he wants to reach the last four in New York. Zverev is playing some incredible tennis this week and shows no signs of letting up ahead of a place in the semi-finals.
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