2021 US Open QF: [1] Novak Djokovic vs [6] Matteo Berrettini

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TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Zverev was returning just as well in Australia. His serve is better now, but his baseline game is probably only marginally better. He redlined to beat Novak in Tokyo. But Novak is looking vulnerable as well. He will definitely need to step it up.
Baseline game of Zed is worse than it was in AO 2021. He's making waay to many UFEs on the forehand. The AO surface suits his game better I think.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
Baseline game of Zed is worse than it was in AO 2021. He's making waay to many UFEs on the forehand. The AO surface suits his game better I think.
You could be right. I'm being conservative and assuming Novak will give him more of a rhythm than some of his recent opponents have.
 
Novak got though a tough draw at the french. But hes looking pretty burned out out since. during the AO/french run he looked far more fresh. I dont think he can get through these 3 guys. He better hit the serbian caves. now if med loses, things look different. but as of now, no
 
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WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
Novak got though a tough draw at the french. But hes looking pretty burned out out since. during the AO/french run he looked far more fresh. I dont think he can get through these 3 guys. He better hit the serbian caves. now if fed med loses, things look different. but as of now, no
Novak didn't really play well until the semis of the AO against Karatsev.
 

Jokervich

Hall of Fame
Novak got though a tough draw at the french. But hes looking pretty burned out out since. during the AO/french run he looked far more fresh. I dont think he can get through these 3 guys. He better hit the serbian caves. now if fed med loses, things look different. but as of now, no
I still believe the only tough one is Zverev (said that since the start). The other 2 are obviously good players but they are easy match ups with either no weapons or easily exposable weaknesses.
 

paolo2143

Semi-Pro
Disagree both Berrettini and Medvedev have very good serves and if they are banging them in are tough to break. Danii has more versatility than Mateo but unless Novak is on top of his game he could be in for a long night against Berrettini.

I agree that at moment it will be really hard for Novak to win all 3 matches, and to have any chance he cannot afford to get drawn into a 4 hour plus 5 set marathon against Berrettini.
 
Well Med can lose to the kid too possibly. Med didn't look at that great in the QF either. if Med loses or has to go a long one with the kid, that can change the dynamic completely
 

UnforcedTerror

Hall of Fame
I still believe the only tough one is Zverev (said that since the start). The other 2 are obviously good players but they are easy match ups with either no weapons or easily exposable weaknesses.
Don't let AO final fool you. Djokovic can beat Berrettini and Zed and still lose easily to Med.
 

Vamos Rafa Nadal

Hall of Fame
For those of us want for Matteo Berrettini to win: COME ON MATTEO! Go for it! You can do it!!! We are with you all the way!!!!

I hope he finds a way to defeat Djokovic tonight. It would be a big upset and it would guarantee a brand new Grand Slam winner on Sunday! This would make this a complete transition tournament, away from the big 3 era, and a start of a new era where others get to start winning on a regular basis! I know Djokovic can win, but I also know he can lose - that is why they play these matches!!! Anything can happen in tennis!
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
For those of us want for Matteo Berrettini to win: COME ON MATTEO! Go for it! You can do it!!! We are with you all the way!!!!

I hope he finds a way to defeat Djokovic tonight. It would be a big upset and it would guarantee a brand new Grand Slam winner on Sunday! This would make this a complete transition tournament, away from the big 3 era, and a start of a new era where others get to start winning on a regular basis! I know Djokovic can win, but I also know he can lose - that is why they play these matches!!! Anything can happen in tennis!
Why don't you just say that you really want him to lose because you are a Nadal fan and you don't want Novak to officially eclipse him (more than he already has). I don't understand people like you who are content with being and appearing blatantly dishonest.
 

paolo2143

Semi-Pro
Matteo can cause an upset by i hope not. I really want Novak to come out firing on all cylinders and win within 4 sets.

I still have sneaky feeling this is Zverev's tournament and we will see a new gen final, with him and Danii, but would love to be wrong.
 

Pandaman

Rookie
I think so too but his serve looks better too me. Overall if his baseline game isn’t there he won’t be beating Djokovic
You could be right. I'm being conservative and assuming Novak will give him more of a rhythm than some of his recent opponents have.
Baseline game of Zed is worse than it was in AO 2021. He's making waay to many UFEs on the forehand. The AO surface suits his game better I think.
I defer to you guys about that, but one thing I can tell you for sure is 1) Novak's serve is not serving as AO (even Wimby), 2) Novak is not hitting bh up the line as well as RG, and 3) Novak is not going for as many winners and shortening points like he was in AO (injury/faster conditions?)

I Am just hoping he finds the serve. When it's on like it was back then, all he has to do is focus on breaking.
 

Vamos Rafa Nadal

Hall of Fame
Why don't you just say that you really want him to lose because you are a Nadal fan and you don't want Novak to officially eclipse him. I don't understand people like you who are content with being and appearing blatantly dishonest.
I think Djokovic will wind up with the most Grand Slams. I don't want him to win this particular one. My biggest reason is that I want this to be a transitional GS, where somebody new wins, and a new era in men's tennis commences. I also don't want Djokovic to get the CYGS, mainly because I don't want to have to hear about it endlessly for years to come!

I wish Djokovic fans would acknowledge that they want their favorite to win, of course, but that he might not win - that Medvedev and Zverev are worthy opponents and they also could win this tournament. For all we know right now we could have a Berrettini vs. Auger-Aliassime final, but I doubt it. I still think it will be Medvedev vs. Zverev. Sunday is coming up soon, we will know by Friday night who will be in the final. and if Djokovic wins so be it, others will be happy about it and I won't be, that is all.
 

WhiskeyEE

G.O.A.T.
I defer to you guys about that, but one thing I can tell you for sure is 1) Novak's serve is not serving as AO (even Wimby), 2) Novak is not hitting bh up the line as well as RG, and 3) Novak is not going for as many winners and shortening points like he was in AO (injury/faster conditions?)

I Am just hoping he finds the serve. When it's on like it was back then, all he has to do is focus on breaking.
Novak's serve and return are both probably worse than AO. His return in particular has not been as rock solid as it usually is.

To beat Zverev at the AO, he hardly missed any returns.
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
I defer to you guys about that, but one thing I can tell you for sure is 1) Novak's serve is not serving as AO (even Wimby), 2) Novak is not hitting bh up the line as well as RG, and 3) Novak is not going for as many winners and shortening points like he was in AO (injury/faster conditions?)

I Am just hoping he finds the serve. When it's on like it was back then, all he has to do is focus on breaking.
I think you are falling into the trap. Djokovic and Med went off 50/50 in AO final by the bookmakers this was due to Med winning streak and Djokovic looking average. Djokovic also went off 50/50 against Nadal at AO19 due to the same reason.
Djokovic is cruising and the question is does he have the extra gear he always had in latter stages ? But don’t get drawn into it Djokovic form early in slams means nothing
 

Pandaman

Rookie
Why don't you just say that you really want him to lose because you are a Nadal fan and you don't want Novak to officially eclipse him (more than he already has). I don't understand people like you who are content with being and appearing blatantly dishonest.
This is amazing and hilarious :-D :-D:-D(y) well said

Never seen someone go to a rival's matchup forums and desperately beg and pray for affirmation of their childish picks as much as him. It's one thing if you truly think Berry can win, it's another when your posts are as shallow and embarrassing as his.
 

Vamos Rafa Nadal

Hall of Fame
Of course Berrettini can win tonight! There are always big upsets possible. Why don't we wait and see what actually happens? (and of course Djokovic can win tonight too).
 

Djokodal Fan

Hall of Fame
For those of us want for Matteo Berrettini to win: COME ON MATTEO! Go for it! You can do it!!! We are with you all the way!!!!

I hope he finds a way to defeat Djokovic tonight. It would be a big upset and it would guarantee a brand new Grand Slam winner on Sunday! This would make this a complete transition tournament, away from the big 3 era, and a start of a new era where others get to start winning on a regular basis! I know Djokovic can win, but I also know he can lose - that is why they play these matches!!! Anything can happen in tennis!
Why didn't you wish for this Brand new champion during French open 2020 when it was held late last year. Would have been a perfect transition for next gen to take over. Drawing arbitrary lines for no reason :)
 
Matteo can cause an upset by i hope not. I really want Novak to come out firing on all cylinders and win within 4 sets.

I still have sneaky feeling this is Zverev's tournament and we will see a new gen final, with him and Danii, but would love to be wrong.
Same worry as me. I hope Novak can prove us wrong again though. One things for sure he will fight till the end as always.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Getting ready for the torrent of ‘unfriendly crowd’ excuses that will flow once the match gets underway. Even in the women’s match the umpire has had to plea for the crowd to settle down and keep their voices lowered during points. Typical yuppie entitled crew will get rowdier with all the $20 Honey Deuce and Pinot Noirs being drained quickly.
 

EllieK

Hall of Fame
There is so much stacked against him, from the draw (way harder relatively to anyone else), the timing of matches, and playing days. Idc what anyone says, Zverev looks unbeatable right now. I'm not seeing the same forehand and service errors as before. I hope it doesn't last, but that looks unlikely. I know he's largely played bums, but if you're fresh and the guy on the other side of the net is even slightly fatigued, you can make up the difference in play.
I thought Djokovic had a really easy draw when I first saw it. Tsitsipas had a tough one. As it turned out, his was even tougher than we thought.
 

NADALalot

Hall of Fame
Matteo can cause an upset by i hope not. I really want Novak to come out firing on all cylinders and win within 4 sets.

I still have sneaky feeling this is Zverev's tournament and we will see a new gen final, with him and Danii, but would love to be wrong.
I think Zverev will push Djokovic, but ultimately Djokovic in 5.
 
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Devtennis01

G.O.A.T.
It’s entirely possible to want a new champion for the health of the game and also want a player to lose so your player’s record looks better. Why is it either or?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
One deuce at the end and Sakkari was choking. LOL!

Best shoulders and biceps in the game. The woman has totally remade her body in the last five years.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Novak will RAMP up his GS winning form. Except Berrettinni to be CRUSHED. Straight sets with a blowout in set 2 and set 3.
 

MeatTornado

G.O.A.T.
Seriously wonder what the thought process is for someone like Berrettini having to play Novak again.

Couldn't beat him on Novak's worst surface, couldn't beat him on Berrettini's best, and he has to play him on Novak's best. What chance does he honestly think he has when he steps out on court?
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Giovanni gonna be loud and proud tonight! Great support last year, standing outside NTC with a boom box broadcasting Berry’s matches ad he cheered from as close as he could get.
 

DjokoLand

Hall of Fame
Djokovic at RG and W dropped a set so him in 4 is the go to choice.
I’m interested to see Djokovic level as he hasn’t been great but he does this all the time and then ups it in latter stages.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Seriously wonder what the thought process is for someone like Berrettini having to play Novak again.

Couldn't beat him on Novak's worst surface, couldn't beat him on Berrettini's best, and he has to play him on Novak's best. What chance does he honestly think he has when he steps out on court?
That he has made progress from the first matchup in Nitto ATP Finals just 22 months ago. Maybe he gets more than the one set in the last two slams. Big serve plus one often earns TBs. The extra frames for Djokovic has been mediocre in 2021.
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
McEnroe brothers both saying Matteo needs to use the slice constantly tonight and play the slice to Novak's FH.
 

TennisFan3

G.O.A.T.
Will it matter? Look who he's playing.
The weirdest thing for me is people hyping up the opposition.
None of the remaining guys have come close to beating Novak at slam level. They have NEVER won a slam. They have NEVER beaten Novak at slams or even taken him to 5 sets.
Imagine one of the next gens. Zed/FAA/Med have an insurmountable task of doing something they have NEVER done at slam level.
 
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