Alexander Zverev’s victory over Lloyd Harris in the US Open quarterfinals placed him as a candidate for the title. But for this, he will not only have to overcome Novak Djokovic in the semifinals but also break a barrier that appears in his worst dreams.
His big moment (accumulates 16 consecutive victories including Olympic Gold in Tokyo plus Cincinnati) they put him in pride of place in what will be his fourth Grand Slam semifinal, his second at Flushing Meadows.
Is that the German, finalist in the 2020 edition of the New York tournament, he could never beat a Top Ten in Grand Slam. Curious streak for a player installed a few years ago in the tennis elite.
Ten are the defeats of the German against players among the top ten in the ATP ranking:
-At the Australian Open 2016 with Andy Murray.
-At Wimbledon 2016 with Tomas Berdych.
-In Australia 2017 with Rafael Nadal.
-At Wimbledon 2017 with Milos Raonic.
-At Roland Garros 2018 with Dominic Thiem.
-At Roland Garros 2019 with Novak Djokovic.
-At the 2020 Australian Open with Dominic Thiem.
-At the US Open 2020 with Dominic Thiem (final).
-In Australia 2021 with Novak Djokovic.
-At Roland Garros 2021 with Stefanos Tsitsipas.