Coco Gauff and Novak Djokovic's US Open double act - ESPN
Some names in tennis just work well together: Venus Williams and Serena Williams. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan. Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.
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But the 2023 US Open has provided us with a unexpected pairing: Novak Djokovic and Coco Gauff.
The two have become something of a tandem billing throughout the tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium. For all five of their matches, Djokovic and Gauff have played back-to-back on Ashe, including twice during the primetime night session. On Tuesday, they both advanced to the semifinals during their consecutive day session matches.
In fact, their current streak as dual headliners actually dates back before the tournament as they played back-to-back on Center Court at the Western & Southern Open in their respective singles finals last month. Both won -- and their joint good fortune has continued into the second week in New York.
The 19-year-old Gauff, who advanced to the first US Open semifinal of her career with a dominant 6-0, 6-2 victory over Jelena Ostapenko on Tuesday, has been the opening act for Djokovic, 36, throughout the fortnight, and she's happily embraced the role as the tournament has progressed. After her third-round win on Friday night, ESPN's Pam Shriver referred to Djokovic as Gauff's "session partner" during the post-match on-court interview and Gauff then cheerfully said his name to the crowd.