UPDATED: Medvedev Defeats Djokovic To Win US Open Men’s Final

Medvedev Defeats Djokovic To Win US Open Men’s Final
Daniil Medvedev celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic to win the US Open Men’s Singles closing match on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center In New York on September 12, 2021.  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

 


Daniil Medvedev shattered Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam dream with a straight-sets victory within the US Open closing on Sunday, denying the world primary a record-breaking twenty first main males’s singles title.

Russia’s second-ranked Medvedev dominated Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to stop the primary calendar-year Grand Slam since 1969 and maintain Djokovic stage with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal atop the profession Slam title checklist.

“Sorry for you fans and Novak because we all know what he was going for,” Medvedev stated.

“What you have accomplished in your career… for me, you are the greatest tennis player in history.”

Medvedev, the 2019 US Open runner-up, captured his first Grand Slam title in his third Slam closing, a rematch of February’s Australian Open closing, gained in straight units by the 34-year-old Serbian to launch his Slam quest.

“Congratulations to Daniil. Amazing match,” Djokovic stated. “If there’s anyone that deserves a Grand Slam title right now, it’s you.”

Djokovic’s bid to brush the US, French and Australian Opens, and Wimbledon in the identical 12 months for the primary time since Rod Laver did it 52 years in the past collapsed on the final hurdle, with 83-year-old Aussie legend Laver amongst 23,700 watching at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Djokovic missed out on his fourth US Open title and can enter 2022 tied with “Big Three” rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, each absent with accidents, on an all-time file 20 males’s Slam titles.

A tearful Djokovic paid tribute to the group that roared assist for him even when all appeared misplaced down two units and two breaks.

“Even though I have not won the match, my heart is filled with joy and I’m the happiest man alive because you guys have made me feel special on the court,” Djokovic stated.

“You guys touch my soul. I’ve never felt like this in New York.”

Instead of becoming a member of immortals Laver and Don Budge, who accomplished the primary males’s Slam in 1938, Djokovic turned the third man to fall on the closing match trying to finish the Slam after Australians Jack Crawford in 1933 and Lew Hoad in 1956.

Djokovic noticed his 27-match Slam win streak halted three victories shy of the file he set in 2015 and 2016 when he gained 4 consecutive Slams, ending with the 2016 French Open.

Medvedev, 25, turned the third Russian man to win a Grand Slam title after Yevgeny Kafelnikov on the 1996 French Open and 1999 Australian Open and Marat Safin on the 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open.

Struggle from the beginning

In the most important of Djokovic’s 1,176 profession matches, he made two unforced forehand errors to give up a break within the first sport to Medvedev, who held by means of to take the primary set in 36 minutes, by no means going through a break level.

It was the fifth consecutive match during which Djokovic dropped the primary set.

Medvedev dropped solely three factors on his serve within the first set however misplaced that many to open his first service sport within the second.

Djokovic, nevertheless, squandered his break possibilities and Medvedev held to 1-1.

Medvedev hit a backhand broad to offer Djokovic a break likelihood within the fourth sport however he netted a forehand volley.

After botching a forehand on the next level, Djokovic shattered his racquet and on the following despatched a backhand lengthy as Medvedev held to 2-2.

In the fifth sport, Djokovic mis-hit a backhand volley at hand Medvedev a break and a 3-2 lead, and the Russian held 3 times to say the set.

Medvedev broke to start the third set and once more within the third sport when a botched volley appeared to sign the tip of the Slam chase.

Djokovic held at love within the fifth sport however Medvedev held once more to 5-1 and served for the match within the eighth sport.

Medvedev double-faulted on championship level and once more, then netted a forehand to give up a break that saved Djokovic within the match.

“It was not easy,” Medvedev stated.

Serving once more for the match at 5-4, Medvedev double-faulted on his second match level however lastly bought over the road on his third likelihood with a service winner after two hours and 16 minutes.

AFP

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UPDATED: Medvedev Defeats Djokovic To Win US Open Men’s Final

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