US Open 2021: World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev denied Novak Djokovic the Calendar Slam after beating the numero uno in straight sets. The Russian star won his maiden Grand Slam title, pulling of a serving masterclass to deflate the Serb in the men’s singles final on Sunday.
Daniil Medvedev outclassed Novak Djokovic to win his maiden Grand Slam title on Sunday in New York (Reuters Photo)
- Daniil Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in the men’s singles final
- Djokovic’s bid to become only the 3rd man to win the Calendar Slam ended
- Medvedev won his maiden Grand Slam title, routing Djokovic in New York
It was not Novak Djokovic’s day at the US Open on Sunday as the Serb was beaten in straight sets (4-6, 4-6, 4-6) by World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final. With the crushing defeat, Djokovic’s bid to become only the 3rd man to win a Calendar Slam ended as the Russian challenger went on to win his maiden Grand Slam title, causing one of the biggest upsets in the recent history of the sport.
Novak Djokovic will also have to wait to go past Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the list of most Grand Slams won in men’s singles tennis. At the start of the year, Djokovic was 17 and trailed his arch-rivals by 3 but he closed the gap quickly. The three legends of the sport are tied on 20 Grand Slams each.
US Open 2021 final: Daniil Medvedev hammers Novak Djokovic – Highlights
Even when Djokovic lost the opening set 4-6, there were not many concerns from his box at the Arthur Ashe Stadium. In fact, it was the 5th successive time Djokovic lost the opening set at US Open 2021. However, Medvedv, unlike Djokovic’s previous opponents in New York, kept putting relentless pressure.
When he was down 2 sets, Djokovic’s fans would have hoped for a repeat of the French Open final wherein the Serb came back from 2 sets down to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and script history. But it was not meant to be for Djokovic against Medvedev, who was in a zen mode in the biggest of the stages on Sunday.
There was history up for grabs for Novak Djokovic who had looked simply unbeatable in Grand Slams this year, winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. However, the World No. 1 looked a shadow of his dangerous, gritty self as Medvedev did what Djokovic had been doing to his opponents for years on the tour. The Russian star made perfect use of the jittery Djokovic at the start of the match and never took his foot off the pedal.
Medvedev’s service games were a thing of delight on Sunday as he got the crowd to rally behind him after Djokoivc started in chartered territory, having the backing of fans at the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the start of the contest.
Djokovic had said before the big final that he would treat it as the final match of his career but he looked deflated as Medvedev kept finding ways to wriggle out of trouble, emulating Djokovic’s playbook that has helped the Serb stay among the best in the business in the era of the Big 3.
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