Medvedev ends Djokovic’s Slam hopes with maiden USOpen 2021 Slam title - Sports history


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Monday, September 13, 2021

Medvedev ends Djokovic’s Slam hopes with maiden USOpen 2021 Slam title

Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic to the Final US Open 2021 Slam title.

  Novak Djokovic was aiming for a historical milestone that would have placed him high atop the men’s tennis pantheon on Sunday in Arthur Ashe Stadium. 

The 20-time major champion was seeking, in one fell swoop, to become the first male winner of the Grand Slam since the great Rod Laver in 1969 and to pass legends Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Grand Slam titles list. 

Enter Daniil Medvedev, a menacing Russian with other ideas… 

The No. 2 seed delivered a performance for the ages, blasting out of the gates and seizing on every opportunity as he notched a stirring 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory to claim his maiden Grand Slam title.

 Medvedev won all fifteen of his first-serve points in the opening set and rifled eight aces, never facing a break point.

Medvedev is the first Russian since Maria Sharapova, who was in the crowd on Sunday, to win a US Open singles title after her victory in 2006. 

He is also the first man since Nadal in 2010 to drop just one set on his way to the title.

 Djokovic was bidding to become just the sixth player to win a calendar Slam and the first man to do it since Rod Laver in 1969.

Medvedev talks about his winning the 2021 US Open title.

 "Only legends will understand, what I did at last was L2+left," he told the New York crowd. 

"To not celebrate is going to be too boring, because I do it all the time," Medvedev said.

 "I need to do something, but I want to make it special. 

"It's not easy to make it on hard courts. I got hurt a little bit, but I'm happy I made it legendary for myself."

Daniil Medvedev Talks about Fans & Novak Djokovic.

 "Throughout the week you guys (The Crowd) gave me a lot of energy. Starting from 2019 long ago, it helped me through to today. It was not easy but thanks a lot guys."

 "I am sorry for you the fans and Novak. We all know what he was going for today," Medvedev told the crowd. 

"What you have achieved this year and throughout your career, for me, I have never said this before, you are the greatest tennis player in history."


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