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Alexander Zverev rides 16-match winning streak into US Open semifinals

NEW YORK -- Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev has made it back to the US Open semifinals 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 No. 4-seeded Zverev will take a 16-match winning streak into his match against No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who is bidding for a calendar-year Grand Slam. Djokovic moved on by defeating No. 6 Matteo Berrettini 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 in a rematch of the Wimbledon final won by Djokovic in July.

Zverev's streak includes a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 semifinal triumph against Djokovic en route to the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

"I'm pumped," Djokovic said of his upcoming showdown with Zverev. "The bigger the challenge, the more glory in overcoming it."

In the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Harris broke to lead 5-3 in the first set and served for the set but got broken. Then in the tiebreaker, he held a set point at 6-5 but missed a forehand and dropped the next two points, too, to cede the set.

Zverev then took leads of 3-0 in the second set and 4-0 in the third.

"Somehow managed to win that first set,'' Zverev said. "Loosened me up a little bit.''

The 46th-ranked Harris, a 24-year-old from South Africa, had eliminated three seeded opponents -- No. 7 Denis Shapovalov, No. 22 Reilly Opelka and No. 25 Karen Khachanov -- to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.

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. Shortly after the final, Zverev was accused by a former girlfriend of domestic abuse, allegations he repeatedly has denied.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.