The Russian Daniil Medvedev completely surprisingly wrestled top favorite Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open. The Serb missed a historic triumph.
Novak Djokovic suffered the most painful defeat of his career and surprisingly missed the historic title win at the US Open.
The 34-year-old Serb lost 4: 6, 4: 6, 4: 6 in the final on Sunday in the final to Russian world number two Daniil Medvedev and missed the great opportunity for the first Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.
“If someone deserves the title, then it’s you,” said Djokovic, who shed tears of emotion during the match at the support of the audience and later thanked the fans for their loud support: “Even if I didn’t play the match won, I am the happiest person in the world, you touched my soul.”, the Serb explained.
“Of course, part of me is very sad. This defeat is hard to digest when you consider what was at stake. But I will never forget the support, the energy and the love I got from the spectators.”
Djokovic misses historic victory
Djokovic had all won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon and now missed the first perfect major year in 52 years at the very last step.
He was also unable to implement his plan to become the sole Grand Slam record champion ahead of Roger Federer (Switzerland) and Rafael Nadal (Spain). All three stars are still with 20 titles in the four most important tournaments of the year.
Medvedev, on the other hand, celebrated his greatest success, which he secured with an outstanding performance. Like last year’s winner Dominic Thiem, he achieved the coveted status of Grand Slam winner, which Alexander Zverev has been chasing unsuccessfully so far.
Tribute to Djokovic
For his opponent Djokovic, however, the Russian had words of homage ready: “For me you are the greatest tennis player in history.”
Already in the final Medvedev made it very confidently with only one lost set in the course of the tournament. In contrast to the women’s singles, which ended with a completely surprising triumph of 18-year-old Emma Raducanu against Leylah Fernandez, who was two months older, the favorites showed no nakedness.
At the latest after Djokovic’s semi-final victory against the German number one Zverev, there was only one topic before the men’s final: Will Djokovic seize the historic chance? He himself tried to keep the discussions away from himself as much as possible.
Medvedev makes short work of it
“I want to save all my energy for the match,” he said and threw himself into the game, which was following icon Laver, but also Hollywood stars like Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper from the stands.
But Djokovic immediately felt that Medvedev was by no means just nice congratulations and immediately received a break. The Russian put the favorite under pressure with a strong service rate and his power from the baseline and won the first set.
Djokovic had given the first set for the fifth time in a row during the tournament, before he had always managed a perfect reaction. And he was now fully there, worked his way through breakball after breakball with net attacks, but couldn’t use them and let his frustration out with the racket.
Djokovic makes too many mistakes
Medvedev went on unmoved, grabbed Djokovic’s service to make it 3-2 and could not be captured in the passage for the Serbs. Djokovic made a slight mistake at the set ball – and now had his back to the wall.
The Tour Dominator continued to make many minor mistakes. Medvedev, on the other hand, was fully in his zone. But when he had the chance to make it clear that he had won the tournament, the Russian’s hand trembled. Djokovic was whipped forward again by the audience and was emotionally touched by the support.
But Medvedev could not be dissuaded from his great triumph and ruined Djokovic’s dream of the Grand Slam.