Djokovic did not win the calendar Grand Slam, Medvedev won the US Open

Updates: 13.09.2021 07:47

New York – Tennis player Novak Djokovic did not win the third calendar Grand Slam. The Serbian was deprived of history by the Russian Daniil Medvedev, with whom the world’s first player lost 4: 6 three times in the US Open final. Medvedev thus achieved his first triumph in the Big Four tournament.

The 34-year-old Djokovic won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, but did not take the last step. His defeat in New York was followed by the Australian Rod Laver, who won all grand slams twice in 1962 and 1969, in 1938 he was celebrated by the American Don Budge.

“I have to congratulate Daniil, you played a fantastic match, a great tournament. If anyone deserves a grand slam title now, it’s you,” Djokovic said to the Russian during the ceremony and heard a standing ovation from the crowded Arthur Ash Stadium. “It’s hard to deal with defeat because there was a lot at stake, but on the other hand, I’ve never felt so great in New York.”

“I apologize to Novak. We all know what’s going on here today. I haven’t told anyone yet, but now I’ll tell you – in my eyes, you’re the best player in history,” Medvedev bowed to Djokovic.

Medvedev succeeded in the grand slam final on the third attempt and became the third Russian grand slam champion. Before him, Yevgeny Kafelnikov won at the 1996 Roland Garros and the 1999 Australian Open, Marat Safin at the 2000 US Open and five years later at the Australian Open.

The tone of the final was set by the very first game, the unusually uncertain Djokovic lost the serve, while Medvedev played almost perfectly. The Russian lost only three exchanges in his service in the first set.

At the beginning of the second set, Djokovic seemed to be starting, but Medvedev got out of 0:40 in the second game. And when Djokovic failed even with two breakballs two games later, he smashed the racket to the ground. He got a warning and the audience boiled. But Medvedev held on to his unusually flawed Djokovic, disassembling, catching up, and raising his hands in the air after the winning balls.

“I didn’t play the best and it felt like he was at the peak of his abilities with every stroke. He had a clear strategy that he fulfilled perfectly. I lacked energy,” Djokovic said.

In the third set, Djokovic looked on his shoulders. The Russian led fast 4: 0 and at 5: 2 he had the first match. He made a double mistake, then another, and Djokovic took his hand for the first time in the match. The Serb came to life, he kept the service, but he already sensed the end and tears in the towel on the bench. Medvedev ruined the second match with a double mistake, but in the third he succeeded after the forehand and won the match in two and a quarter hours.

“I feel relaxed because the last weeks have been mentally and emotionally very demanding and it has been difficult to cope with everything,” Djokovic said. “So I’m glad it’s over. Of course, I’m also sad, disappointed, but also honored by the atmosphere the fans have created for me.”

Djokovic lost the grand slam after 27 wins. He then shares the record with twenty Grand Slam laurels with the Swiss Roger Federer and the Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

Medvedev rejoiced in his first grand slam title. “It’s even sweeter that I stopped Novak, who was attacking history. It will give me confidence in the future,” said a Moscow native. The Russian admitted that he was starting to get cramps in his leg at the end of the third set. “I almost couldn’t walk, I pulled her behind me, but I tried, Novak wouldn’t notice,” he revealed.

Stosur won the doubles at the US Open again after 16 years

Tennis player Samantha Stosur won her second doubles title at the US Open after 16 years. The 37-year-old Australian, who won the doubles competition in Flushing Meadows in 2005, triumphed alongside Chang Shui, a six-year-old Chinese woman.

Stosur and Chang Chai, who have already won the Australian Open 2019 together, defeated the second triumph of teenagers in New York. In today’s final, they beat 6: 3, 3: 6, 6: 3 with 17-year-old Cori Gauff and 19-year-old Catherine McNally. The young Americans thus failed to build on the sensational victory of 18-year-old Emmy Raducanu in singles.

Exactly ten years ago, Stosur won a single competition at the US Open and achieved the greatest success of her career. In total, the Brisbane native has eight Grand Slam cups in her collection after today: one in singles, four in women’s doubles and three in the mix.

US Open grand slam tennis tournament in New York

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Singles – Final:

Medvedev (2-RUS) – Djokovic (1-SRB) 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 4.


Doubles – Final:

Stosur, Chang Shui (14-Austr./China) – McNally, Gauff (11-USA) 6: 3, 3: 6, 6: 3.

Source: České noviny – sport by

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