Medvedev crushes Djokovic's calendar Grand Slam dream in straight sets, winning US Open

by Sports | 13-09-2021 | 234 views

Novak Djokovic’s quest for a record 21st Major title that would have completed the calendar-year Grand Slam collapsed at the final hurdle in a stunning 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 defeat by Russian Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final on Sunday (September 12). Medvedev, playing in his third major final, at last hoisted a Grand Slam trophy while avenging a straight sets defeat by Djokovic earlier this year in the Australian Open final.

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, US Open) in the same year. It would have made him only the third man after Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) to achieve the feat.

“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 build up 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.

“At the same time I felt sadness, disappointment, and also gratitude for the crowd and for that special moment that they've created for me on the court.”

For the fifth consecutive match, Djokovic found himself in an early hole after dropping the first set. But this time there would be no way out as the rampaging Russian kept up the pressure with a barrage of aces while allowing Djokovic a single break.

Such was Medvedev’s domination that the only tiny bit of drama came late in the third set when the Russian was suddenly hit by a bout of nerves trying to close out the match. Serving at 5-2 Medvedev double faulted on match point, allowing Djokovic to secure his break.

After the top seed held serve to trim the deficit to 5-4 Medvedev again had match point and again double faulted. But the 25-year-old did not squander another chance, gathering himself to clinch the title on his third attempt.

Djokovic arrived on Arthur Ashe Stadium court with the weight of history on his shoulders.

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