Medvedev wins US Open to finish Djokovic calendar Slam bid

NEW YORK   –  Novak Djokovic’s quest for a document twenty first main title that will have accomplished the calendar 12 months Grand Slam collapsed on the remaining hurdle in a shocking 6-4 6-4 6-4 defeat by Russian Daniil Medvedev within the US Open remaining on Sunday.

Medvedev, enjoying in his third main remaining, ultimately hoisted a Grand Slam trophy whereas avenging a straight units defeat by Djokovic earlier this 12 months within the Australian Open remaining. The Serb was attempting to grow to be the primary man in over a half-century to win all 4 majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open) in the identical 12 months. It could have made him solely the third man to attain the feat after Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969), who was watching from a courtside seat. 

“It’s a troublesome one to swallow, this loss, contemplating all the things that was on the road,” mentioned Djokovic. “I used to be glad it was over as a result of the construct up for this event and all the things that mentally, emotionally I needed to take care of all through the event within the final couple of weeks was only a lot. “It was rather a lot to deal with.”

For the fifth consecutive match, Djokovic discovered himself enjoying catch-up after dropping the primary set. However this time, there can be no approach out because the Russian saved up the stress with a barrage of aces whereas permitting Djokovic a single break. Within the second set, Medvedev stepped up the stress additional and Djokovic confirmed the primary indicators of cracking, destroying his racquet in a match of frustration after lacking two break possibilities. 

With Djokovic on the ropes, Medvedev moved in with the knockout punch, breaking to clinch the second then racing to a double break 4-0 lead within the third. Such was Medvedev’s domination that the one tiny little bit of suspense got here late within the third when the Russian was abruptly hit by a bout of nerves attempting to shut out the match. Serving at 5-2, Medvedev double faulted on match level, permitting Djokovic to safe his break. 

After the highest seed held serve to trim the deficit to 5-4, Medvedev once more had match level and once more double faulted. However the 25-year-old didn’t squander one other likelihood, gathering himself to clinch the title on his third try. Medvedev later revealed there may need been extra drama, had the match gone any additional. He mentioned he was beginning to cramp up simply as he started to shut out the third and feared Djokovic would pounce if he noticed any signal of vulnerability. “At 5-4, my left leg, I virtually couldn’t stroll,” mentioned Medvedev. “Once I walked to the towel, my leg was simply going behind. “I used to be attempting to not present it. If Novak feels it, it’s not good.” 

The New York crowd had by no means actually embraced Djokovic the best way it wrapped its arms round Swiss Roger Federer and Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who’ve additionally received 20 Grand Slam titles. It had additionally proven no actual love for Medvedev. 

Maybe sensing they have been about to witness one thing particular, the group rallied behind Djokovic from the second he stepped on court docket, showering him with cheers and chants of his nickname: “Nole, Nole, Nole”. “I felt one thing I by no means felt in my life right here in New York,” mentioned Djokovic. “The gang made me (really feel) very particular. “The emotion, the vitality was so robust. I imply, it’s as robust as profitable 21 Grand Slams. “That’s how I felt, truthfully.”

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