With a thrilling win over the talented American Ben Shelton, Novak Djokovic maintained his leadership position. With a score of 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4), Djokovic defeated the 20-year-old competitor in a gripping match. Shelton’s strong serves grabbed the crowd and perhaps even gave Djokovic pause. However, the world number two regained the top spot following a tie-break in the third set. Djokovic faced Carlos Alcaraz or Daniil Medvedev in the championship match.

Novak Djokovic advanced to his 10th US Open final with an enthusiastic victory over Arthur Ashe, winning 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4). Djokovic took a significant step towards ending his five-year wait for a Grand Slam title at Flushing Meadows, reaching his 36th major final.

He displayed his strength by defeating the formidable American, who showed plenty of promise and pushed the 23-time Grand Slam winner to a tie-break in the third set. Djokovic’s powerful serves and determination proved too much for his opponent, sealing his spot in the final.

Although they have made strides, the soon-to-be world number one player will play the winner of the second semifinal between Daniel Medvedev and Carlos Alcaraz on Sunday.

Despite Shapovalov’s great skill and remarkable speed in his second serve, Djokovic did a good job of holding his first game. It was measured at 138 mph, and Djokovic had just enough time to answer with a rapid break of service and his own love hold to even the score.

The 20-year-old player’s serve broke for the first time in the sixth game of their first-ever encounter, giving Djokovic a 4-2 advantage. He was defeated as a result of two poor forehand shots and a failed drop shot attempt.

Shapovalov was edging closer to a disadvantage as Djokovic asserted another firm hold. The young American’s response, nevertheless, was admirable. With yet another show-stopping service, he lowered the amount due and saved four set points, but this delay was unavoidable.

With his forehand swing going wide, Novak Djokovic was presented with a break point. Sheltin, however, made a few unanticipated mistakes that gave Djokovic the opportunity to win the match at the fifth set point and earn his first victory.

Sheltin displayed enough consistency and brilliant moments to pose a real threat to Djokovic. He was able to escape difficulty in the opening game of the second set thanks to another strong service in the second set.

In the Shelton match, for the second time before the service was broken, this was one of the four games in a row that went with the serve. It was a powerful perspective that Djokovic took advantage of, as he secured victory at his second break point after serving a double fault at 3-2.

Those unexpected errors continued to frustrate the Americans, with Djokovic extending his lead to 5-2 after hitting a cross-court backhand winner following a volley by Shelton in the ongoing court battle.

The 23-time Grand Slam champion was once more close to reaching 30 and taking a step toward the win, but Shelton wasn’t in the mood to trail.

In the first game, Shelton prevailed with a 2-1 lead despite another break and a solid start by Djokovic in the third set. Shelton then secured a 15-point lead with some great smashes and a stunning backhand down the line, putting Djokovic in the red at 3-2.

The third set was a rollercoaster, as Shelton miraculously tied the score at 4-4 after another comeback by Djokovic brought the score to 4-2. Both players gave outstanding efforts.

After a strong hold, a great forehand lured Djokovic to make an unusual mistake at the net moments before he fired a potent forehand winner to break back. Before Djokovic was able to tie the match at 15 all, Shapovalov maintained his lead with another brilliant ace and his typical vicious serve game.

However, there was still more excitement to come in this exhilarating match when Djokovic missed his first match point and the third set ended in a tiebreak. He ultimately won the tiebreak with a score of 7-4 and will go down in history in the final on Sunday against either Medvedev or Alcaraz.

“These are the kinds of matches and opportunities that still excite me and inspire me to keep moving forward, pushing me to work hard like young players,” Djokovic exclaimed after his triumph. Grand Slam tournaments are what spur me on to play my best tennis. I was aware that I would face an American opponent before the quarterfinals and semifinals, so I had to practice patience and keep my composure when it mattered most.

Things were going extremely well for me, but then he made a comeback, and by the third set’s end, it was anyone’s match. The arena was noisy due to the closed roof, but I enjoy performing in noisy settings.

“I am genuinely thrilled with this victory today.”

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