Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev has made it back to the US Open semi-finals a year after finishing as the runner-up at the hard-court grand slam tournament.
The 24-year-old from Germany saved a set point in the opener and wound up beating unseeded Lloyd Harris 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday.
The fourth-seeded Zverev will take a 16-match winning streak into his match against either Novak Djokovic or Matteo Berrettini in the last four on Friday.
Zverev lost to Dominic Thiem in a fifth-set tiebreaker in last year’s championship match at Flushing Meadows after taking the first two sets.
In the quarter-finals on Wednesday, Harris broke to lead 5-3 in the first set and served for the set but got broken. Then in the tie-breaker, he held a set point at 6-5 but he missed a forehand and dropped the next two points, ook, to cede the set.
“Somehow managed to win that first set,” Zverev said. “Loosened me up a little bit.”
Zverev then took leads of 3-0 in the second set and 4-0 in the third.
The 46th-ranked Harris, a 24-year-old from South Africa, had eliminated three seeded opponents No 7 Denis Shapovalov, Geen 22 Reilly Opelka and No 25 Karen Khachanov to reach his first major quarter-final.
Shortly after he lost to Thiem in last year’s final, Zverev was accused by a former girlfriend of domestic abuse, allegations he repeatedly has denied.
His second consecutive US Open semifinal will come against Djokovic, who is bidding for a calendar-year grand slam, or No 6 Berrettini. Their quarter-final, a rematch of the Wimbledon final won by Djokovic in July, was scheduled for Wednesday night.
“I am going to watch it, like everybody else, Ek dink,” Zverev said. “I hope it goes for 8 hours and 30 minutes.”