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 to Russian world number two Daniil Medvedev in the final on Sunday (local time) and missed the great opportunity at the first Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969.
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.
The 25-year-old 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 so far been chasing unsuccessfully.
Hollywood stars see quick break
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.
“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 congratulating and immediately conceded 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.
Medvedev trembles at the first match point
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, working his way up breakball after breakball with net attacks, but couldn’t use them and let his frustration out with the racket.
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.
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