Winner Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (R) and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic maintain their trophies after the 2021 US Open Tennis event males’s last match in opposition to on the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York, on September 12, 2021.
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Novak Djokovic’s hopes of a calendar Grand Slam and 21st major had been ended after Daniil Medvedev put in a surprising efficiency to defeat the world No 1 within the US Open last.
Djokovic was dreaming of changing into solely the third man after Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) to brush all 4 majors in the identical yr.
To add to the burden of historical past on his shoulders, victory would even have seen him transfer clear of his nice rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and turn out to be the primary man ever to win a 21st Slam singles title.
But Medvedev put an finish to his probabilities with an exceptional efficiency to make it third time fortunate in a Grand Slam last, profitable 6-4 6-4 6-4 to not less than strike an actual blow for the youthful era in opposition to the outdated guard.
Medvedev mentioned: “First of all I need to ask for forgiveness for you followers and Novak as a result of everyone knows what he was going for at this time and I simply need to say what you’ve gotten achieved this yr and all through your profession – I by no means mentioned this to anyone however I’ll say it proper now, for me you’re the best tennis participant in historical past.
“I need to thank my workforce. It’s not a straightforward journey to win a Slam however I’m actually grateful to you for serving to me all through the journey.”
Addressing the gang, the Russian added: “Then I need to thanks guys. Today you had been possibly somewhat bit extra for Novak however that is fully comprehensible. Throughout the week you gave me loads of vitality. It helped me by means of at this time. It was not simple however thanks loads.
“Last however not least, I need to end my speech on a really candy observe. It’s the third anniversary for me and my spouse at this time and throughout the event I could not suppose of a gift or something. When I received, the one factor I assumed was if I lose I’ve no time to discover a current so I’ve to win this match. I really like you Dasha.”
Medvedev was properly overwhelmed by Djokovic within the Australian Open last in February however he confirmed within the the opening set that he was not going to make the identical errors, placing on a clinic and giving up simply three factors on serve.
Djokovic dropped his opening service sport from 40-15 and was unable to the touch Medvedev thereafter. The Russian by no means relinquished his result in turn out to be the fifth participant in a row on the US Open to take the primary set off Djokovic.
Things weren’t going based on plan for the Serb whose serve and volley ways weren’t troubling Medvedev in a battle of the highest two seeds.
Medvedev was taking part in in his third Grand Slam last and second this yr, having misplaced to the 34-year-old Djokovic on the Australian Open. He got here into the match having dropped only one set having placing on an exhibition of brutal tennis alongside the way in which.
The rhythm was simply not in Djokovic’s legs and he bodily compromised, whether or not it was pressure, fatigue or a mix of each.
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than his frustration boiled over within the fourth sport of the second set. After failing to transform a pair of break factors, he destroyed his racket repeatedly on the courtroom, incomes a warning.
Medvedev seized the second with a break for 3-2 and served out the set to maneuver to inside one of a maiden Grand Slam title.
His aggressive sport gave the impression to be proving far an excessive amount of for Djokovic to deal with and he broke by means of the highest seed’s resistance as soon as once more, this time within the opening sport of the third set.
Djokovic appeared bedraggled by the point Medvedev sealed a second break of his serve to surge right into a 3-0 lead. The Russian served for the title however he crumbled on the ending line handy the world No 1 one break again.
An emotional Djokovic coated his face together with his towel and sobbed earlier than popping out within the tenth sport to the help of a wild crowd and Hollywood royalty in attendance on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Medvedev double-faulted once more on his second match level however on the third Djokovic netted and Medvedev fell to the courtroom in celebration changing into the primary man since Rafael Nadal in 2010 and second since Ivan Lendl in 1987 to drop just one set en path to the title in New York.
Through tears, Djokovic, whose insatiable want for victory has at all times been matched by a massively commendable graciousness in defeat, mentioned: “I want to begin off by saying congratulations to Daniil, wonderful match, wonderful event.
“If there may be anybody that deserves a grand slam title proper now, it is you so properly completed.”
Addressing the gang, he added: “I used to be pondering of each eventualities, type of visualizing myself standing right here in entrance of you guys and what would I say.
“I want to say that tonight, despite the fact that I’ve not received the match my coronary heart is crammed with pleasure and I’m the happiest man alive since you guys made me really feel very particular on the courtroom.”