Winner Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (R) and Serbia’s Novak Djokovic maintain their trophies after the 2021 US Open Tennis match males’s ultimate match in opposition to on the USTA Billie Jean King Nationwide Tennis Heart in New York, on September 12, 2021.
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Novak Djokovic’s hopes of a calendar Grand Slam and 21st main had been ended after Daniil Medvedev put in a surprising efficiency to defeat the world No 1 within the US Open ultimate.
Djokovic was dreaming of turning into solely the third man after Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) to brush all 4 majors in the identical 12 months.
So as to add to the burden of historical past on his shoulders, victory would even have seen him transfer away from his nice rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and grow to be the primary man ever to win a 21st Slam singles title.
However Medvedev put an finish to his possibilities with an outstanding efficiency to make it third time fortunate in a Grand Slam ultimate, profitable 6-Four 6-Four 6-Four to not less than strike an actual blow for the youthful technology in opposition to the outdated guard.
Medvedev mentioned: “To begin with 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 will have achieved this 12 months and all through your profession – I by no means mentioned this to anyone however I am going to say it proper now, for me you’re the best tennis participant in historical past.
“I need to thank my crew. It isn’t a simple journey to win a Slam however I am actually grateful to you for serving to me all through the journey.”
Addressing the group, the Russian added: “Then I need to thanks guys. Right now you had been perhaps a little bit bit extra for Novak however that is utterly comprehensible. All through the week you gave me plenty of power. It helped me by way of at this time. It was not simple however thanks so much.
“Final however not least, I need to end my speech on a really candy notice. It is the third anniversary for me and my spouse at this time and through the match I could not consider a gift or something. Once I received, the one factor I believed 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 effectively crushed by Djokovic within the Australian Open ultimate 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 grow to be the fifth participant in a row on the US Open to take the primary set off Djokovic.
Issues weren’t going in keeping with 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 ultimate and second this 12 months, 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 appeared to be bodily compromised, whether or not it was stress, fatigue or a mixture 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 few 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 in every 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 way of the highest seed’s resistance as soon as once more, this time within the opening sport of the third set.
Djokovic regarded bedraggled by the point Medvedev sealed a second break of his serve to surge right into a 3-Zero lead. The Russian served for the title however he crumbled on the ending line at hand the world No 1 one break again.
An emotional Djokovic coated his face along with his towel and sobbed earlier than popping out within the 10th 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 turning 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.
By way of tears, Djokovic, whose insatiable need for victory has at all times been matched by a vastly commendable graciousness in defeat, mentioned: “I want to begin off by saying congratulations to Daniil, superb match, superb match.
“If there may be anybody that deserves a grand slam title proper now, it is you so effectively completed.”
Addressing the group, he added: “I used to be considering of each situations, form of visualizing myself standing right here in entrance of you guys and what would I say.
“I want to say that tonight, regardless that I’ve not received the match my coronary heart is crammed with pleasure and I am the happiest man alive since you guys made me really feel very particular on the courtroom.”