Russian Daniil Medvedev, second seed, was proclaimed new champion of the United States Open this Sunday by beating Serbian Novac Djokovic , first seed, in the final 6-4, 6-4 and 6-4 and got his first Grand Slam title.
The victory allows Medeved to avenge the defeat suffered in the last Australian Open final that he lost to Djokovic, who was prevented from completing the Grand Slam cycle that would have made him the third tennis player in the world to achieve it, the last being Australian Rod Laver, who was in the stands of the center court Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Medvedev, who was playing his second US Open final in three years after losing the 2019 final to Rafael Nadal , becomes the first Russian to win the title at Flushing Meadows, as well as going 5-4 in his duels against to Djokovic.
The Russian tennis player to reach his second Open final had to beat the French Richard Gasquet by 6-4, 6-3 and 6-1 in the first round, followed with the victory by 6-4, 6-1 and 6- 2 against the German Dominik Koepfer and the third victim was the Spanish Pablo Andújar, whom he won 6-0, 6-4 and 6-3.
In the fourth round, Medvedev defeated English Daniel Evans (24) by 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3 and then beat the qualifier, the Dutch Botic van de Zandschulp, by 6-3, 6-0, 4-6 and 7-5, which had the merit of making him lose the first set so far in the tournament.
Then in the semifinals he returned to dominate with a comfortable triumph in three straight sets 6-4, 7-5 and 6-2 against the Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Mastery from the bottom of the track
Medvedev finished the game against Djokovic, which lasted two hours and 15 minutes, with 38 winning strokes for 31 unforced errors, in addition to placing 16 aces and committing nine double faults, the last two in the third set when he had the first two balls of match, and the third assured the victory.
While Djokovic landed 27 winners for 38 unforced errors, in addition to hitting 6 aces and three double faults, with 31 points earned in the 47 raises to the net, compared to 6 of 12 for Medvedev, who dominated his game since the bottom of the track.
The new Open champion, who played alongside Djokovic in the fourth men’s Open final in the last 25 years among the top two favorites, also won a cash prize of 2.5 million dollars (2.1 million euros) , while the Serbian tennis player, number one in the world, received another 1,250 million (1.05 million euros).
The 34-year-old Djokovic snapped his 27-0 winning streak at Grand Slam tournaments, and couldn’t clinch his fourth Open title in the nine finals he has played, miss 21 Grand Slam trophies to follow. sharing with the Swiss Roger Federer and Nadal the mark of 20.
Bad start from Serbian
The game did not start well for Djokovic when he saw how Medvedev broke his serve in the first game and then got a 2-0 partial in favor of Medvedev who kept his serve intact and in 36 minutes he secured the set 6-4.
Djokovic for the fifth time in a row lost the first set as he did in previous rounds against the Japanese. However, the top-ranked Serbian is used to this situation. He lost the first set to Kei Nishikori, Jenson Brooksby, Matteo Berrettini and Alexander Zverev en route to his ninth US Open final.
But this time things did not go the same way for Djokovic and in the second set, Medvedev remained intractable with his serve that he did not lose and made him the break in the fifth game for the 3-2 partial, which was all what the Russian tennis player needed.
The situation for Djokovic was not the best, but the world number one had already starred in six career comebacks after losing the first two sets, including the final of this year’s French Open, when he returned to beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas. .
However, Medvedev did not want to be part of the negative story of being Djokovic’s victim again and emerged with his best tennis in the third set to take a 4-0 partial that left the Serbian champion without any option, who suffered defeat most humiliating and frustrating in the nine finals he has played at Flushing Meadows, failing to win the biggest game of his professional career.
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