Novak Djokovic the bid for the first calendar year Grand Slam tournament in men’s tennis since 1969 ended with one win with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 loss. Daniil Medvedev v US Open Finals on Sunday.
Medvedev’s surprisingly one-sided triumph gave him his first major championship and prevented Djokovic from winning a record 21st place of his career.
Ranked # 1 Djokovic entered the match 27-0 in 2021. in four of the sport’s most important tournaments, enduring the burden of anticipation and pressure that has accompanied his pursuit of history on two tracks over the past seven months and, in New York, over the past two weeks.
He beat Medvedev in the Australian Open final on hard court in February, then added titles on clay at the French Open in June and Wimbledon on grass in July.
Far from the best this day
But Djokovic, a 34-year-old Serbian player, failed to bring the score to 28-0. It was just that he was far from being in the best condition that day.
I made mistakes, 38 unforced errors in total. He couldn’t take the chance for a break until it was too little, too late. He also showed frustration by destroying his racket, hitting it three times on the court after one point, causing the crowd to cheer at Arthur Ashe Stadium and breaking the rules by the chair referee.
A lot of Djokovic’s problems were with runner-up Medvedev, who used his 6ft 6 (1.98m) body to chase everything and respond with seemingly light punches on the ground – much in the same way that Djokovic harasses enemies. and delivered a spot serving.
Djokovic reached his record 31st Grand Slam final with six wins on the Flushing Meadows hard courts.… But he couldn’t get the last one he needed.
He is still associated with Federer and Nadal.
He is still associated with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 major titles. And the last to win seasonal singles trophies at Slams is Rod Laver, who did it twice – in 1962 and 1969 – and was in the stands on Sunday. The last woman to accomplish this feat was Steffi Graf in 1988.
Instead of, Djokovic joins Jack Crawford in 1933 and Lew Howde in 1956 as the men who won the first trio of Grand Slam tournaments of the year. and made it to the US Open final before losing.