The hope of Novak Djokovic of a calendar Grand Slam and 21st major ended after Daniil Medvedev sat in A wonderful performance the beat world No 1 in the US Open final.
Djokovic was dreaming of and became only the third man after Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) die won all four majors in the same year.
Until add to the weight of history on his shoulders, the victory would also saw him move clear of to be great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and become the first man ever win a 21st Slam title in the singles.
But Medvedev ended his chances with a phenomenal performance to make it a third time lucky in a Grand Slam final, winning met 6-4 6-4 6-4 to at least a . to hit real blow for The younger generation against the old guard.
Medvedev said: “First of all me want saying sorry for you fans and Novak because we all know what he went for today and me just want to say what you have achieved this year and throughout your career – I’ve never said this to anyone, but I’ll say it now, for I you are the best tennis player in history.
“L want to thank my team. It’s not an easy journey to win a Slam but I’m really thankful to you for helps me during the journey.”
Addressing the crowd, the Russian added: “Than me want to thank you guys. Today you may have been a little more for Novak, but that’s completely understandable. You’ve given me a lot all week of energy. It got me through today. It was not easy but thank you very much.
“Last but not least, I want until finish my speech on a very sweet note. It’s the third birthday for me and my wife today and during the tournament I couldn’t think of a present of like this. When I won, all I thought about was that if I lose I don’t have time to find a present so I have to win this match. I love you Dasha.”
Medvedev was well beaten by Djokovic in the Australian Open final in February but he showed in the opening set that he wouldn’t make the same mistakes, on a clinic and give up just three points on serve.
Djokovic dropped his opening service game of 40-15 and was unable to touch Medvedev after that. The Russian never gave up on his lead to be the fifth player in a row at the US Open for the first set off Djokovic.
Things didn’t go according to plan for the Serb whose serve and volley tactics were not disturbing to Medvedev in An battle of the top two seeds.
Medvedev was playing in his third Grand Slam final and second this year, lost to the 34-yearold Djokovic at the Australian Open. He came in the match drop just one set and put on an exhibition of brutal tennis along the way.
The rhythm was just not in Djokovic’s legs and he seemed physically compromised, of it was now tension fatigue of a combination of both.
It didn’t take long for his frustration to boil over in the fourth game of the second set. After failing to convert a few of pause points, he destroyed his racket repeatedly on the court, earning a warning.
Medvedev seized the moment with a break for 3-2 and served out the set until move go inside one of a first Grand Slam title.
are aggressive game turned out to be too much to prove for Djokovic to face with when he broke through the resistance of the top seed in the opening game of the third set.
Thanks to Medvedev who played spectacularly.
if @rodlaver would say you can’t have that one bad match in a major, & Novaku made too many casual mistakes today.
However, winning 3 of 4 Slams is remarkable.👏 https://t.co/TUevdDEjyS
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 12, 2021
Djokovic looked disheveled by the time Medvedev got a second pause of his service to in a 3-0 . to come lead. The Russian served for the title, but he collapsed in at the finish around the world No 1 one pause back.
Being an emotional Djokovic covered up face with his towel and sobbed before he came out in the 10th game to the support of a wild crowd and Hollywood royalty in presence on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Medvedev double-wrong again on to be second match point but on the third Djokovic netted and Medvedev fell to court in celebration the be first husband since Rafael Nadal in 2010 and second since Ivan Lendlic in 1987 to drop nothing but one set on the way to the title in New York.
Through tears, Djokovic, whose insatiable desire for victory has always been accompanied met a most commendable grace in defeat, said, “I would like until start off by congratulating Daniil, great match, astonishing tournament.
“If there is anyone that deserves a grand slam title now, it’s done you so well.”
He addressed the crowd added: “I thought of both scenarios, kind of visualize myself standing here in front of you guys and what would I say.
“I would like to say that tonight, even though I didn’t won the match my heart is filled with joy and i am the happiest man in live because you guys made i feel bad special on the court.”
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