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Djokovic gets ‘itched’ with Alcaraz… with the microphone: the Serbian dares to sing the Beastie Boys

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Djokovic gets ‘itched’ with Alcaraz… with the microphone: the Serbian dares to sing the Beastie Boys

Novak Djokovic is already in the US Open semifinals after beating Taylor Fritz and meets the revelation Ben Shelton for a place in the final, where he could meet Carlos Alcaraz if he wins their respective matches . The mourning that everyone. The Serbian took revenge in Cincinnati after a tough defeat at Wimbledon that allowed the Spaniard to lift the trophy. A rivalry that is gaining weight although both maintain a good relationship both on and off the track, there are even those who think that they have ‘stung’ each other with the microphone.

If Alcaraz dared to sing ‘Vagabundo’ by his friend Sebastián Yatra – present in the stands -, Djokovic did the same after beating Fritz but with the song ‘(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)’ by the Beastie Boys that had previously been played over the public address system. He even encouraged the audience to join him with the chorus.

Djokovic gets ‘itched’ with Alcaraz… with the microphone: the Serbian dares to sing the Beastie Boys

The Serbian had spoken about the intense heat during the games played at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York (33 degrees, 50% humidity and a thermal sensation of 37 degrees). “It’s not easy (playing in those conditions), but ‘you have to fight,’ as the song we heard five minutes ago says, ‘for your right to party,'” he said, referring to that Beastie Boys song that It had sounded during one of the game breaks. It was at that moment when the Serbian started singing it.

Djokovic desarma a Fritz
This Tuesday, Djokovic became the first semi-finalist in the men’s singles draw at the United States Open, the fourth ‘Grand Slam’ of the season and which is played on hard courts, after losing in three sets (6-1, 6-4 , 6-4) of the American Taylor Fritz and achieve a new record in his career. The winner of 23 majors marked his 47th appearance in the semifinals of a Grand Slam, surpassing the mark of 46 held by the Swiss Roger Federer, 12 of them in Flushing Meadows. He achieved it thanks to a not excessively brilliant match, with more forced errors (26) than winners (25), but which he always seemed to have under control, except in the third set, a bit ‘crazy’ in his final games.

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‘Nole’ needed just over two and a half hours to get rid of the American, seeded ninth and who could only keep up the pace when his powerful serve worked for him. But when he had to play with seconds he was easy prey for the Balkan, against whom he also paid for his lack of effectiveness in his numerous breaking balls, 12, too much concession against an opponent of the quality he had in front of him, and his 51 unforced errors.

The tennis player from Belgrade will face in the semifinals the surprise of the tournament, the 20-year-old American Ben Shelton, who will play the most important match of his career after beating his compatriot Francis Tiafoe, a semifinalist last year, in four in the quarterfinals. sets (6-2, 3-6, 7-6, 6-2). The player from Atlanta has only been a professional tennis player for 13 months, and after introducing himself to the world at the Australian Open, where he reached the quarterfinals, he has lived a year of ups and downs that he is crowning in New York, where with a game based on power , with serves of more than 230 kilometers/hour and an accurate forehand, has won playing against ‘Nole’ for a place in the final.

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