Daniil Medvedev wins his first Grand Slam and US Open men’s final, denying Novak Djokovic the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since 1969. The world no. 2 beat the world no. 1 in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to become the third ever Russian Grand Slam men’s singles champion and the ninth different US Open men’s singles champion of the last 14 years. Read more for OBN Tennis.
“First of all, I want to say ‘sorry’ for you fans and Novak, because, I mean, we all know what he was going for today,” said Medvedev during his post-match speech before going towards Djokovic and offered praise for “what you accomplished this year and throughout your career”. The 25-year-old added: “I never said this to anybody, but I’ll say it right now. For me, you are the greatest tennis player in history.”
The 34-year-old Serb was trying to become the first man in over a half-century to win all four majors (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, U.S. Open) in the same year. It would have made him only the third man to achieve the feat after Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969), who was watching from a courtside seat. Follow us for more badminton livescore.
“It’s a tough one to swallow, this loss, considering everything that was on the line,” said Djokovic. “I was glad it was over because the buildup for this tournament and everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot. It was a lot to handle.” He also ended his speech by praising Medvedev with his well-deserved win.
Djokovic won the Australian Open in February, beating Medvedev in the final in straight sets, the French Open in June and Wimbledon in July, leveling Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles, the most for a man in the history of a sport that dates to the 1800s. Instead, Djokovic joins Jack Crawford in 1933 and Lew Hoad in 1956 as men who won a year’s first trio of Grand Slam tournaments.
Medvedev won 20 of his first 23 service points before finishing with 16 aces and 38 winners in all, 11 more than Djokovic. After overcoming multiple double-faults on match point, Medvedev finally found the right trick after falling 2-1 in the second before winning four of the next five games en route to winning that set. Djokovic had six aces among 27 winners but committed 38 unforced errors.
Meanwhile, Emma Raducanu beat fellow teen Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3, to win the US Open women’s, becoming the first qualifier in the history of the Open Era to win a major title. At only 18 years old, she’s the youngest player to win a Grand Slam singles tournament since 2004 and the first female British player to win a Grand Slam event in 44 years.
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