Daniil Medvedev will go down in history as the one who prevented Novak Djokovic from achieving the Grand Slam. On the eve of the final of the US Open 2021, the young Russian had promised that he would give his all and he succeeded in his intent.
Thanks to a triple 6-4, the Moscow player won his first career Slam, after losing the previous two finals played against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic (one in New York in 2019 and the other at the Australian Open earlier this year).
Daniil also took advantage of a subdued Nole for the duration of the match, a factor that does not detract from the extraordinary feat of the number 2 ATP. The Serbian champion, for his part, seemed drained both physically and mentally, so much so that he never managed to put doubts in his opponent's head.
The liberating tears during the last change of pitch had the effect of bringing Novak closer to the fans, who had never been so lined up on his side as Sunday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Speaking on Eurosport, two-time Roland Garros finalist Alex Corretja expressed his opinion on the men's final.
Corretja talks about Novak Djokovic
"Today, he [Medvedev] went out thinking, 'it’s my day', and that’s why I believe he won it," Corretja said. The Spaniard heaped praise on Medvedev's focus and overall accuracy on his serve, pointing out how you cannot afford to lose points on your delivery against a returner of Novak Djokovic's caliber.
"Daniil was so focused, so precise," Corretja added. "When you play against someone like Novak, you just can’t lose any serves. The accuracy and placement were just perfect. That was one of the keys. In the first game Novak was broken, it was totally unexpected, and from then on everything changed”.
Reflecting on Djokovic’s season so far, he won the Australian Open, beating Daniil Medvedev in the final. In Paris, he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and went on to win the title. In the final, he was down two sets and eventually fought back to win the title against Stefanos Tsitsipas.
After that, he was seen at the Wimbledon Championships. Out there, he won his sixth title beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final. In doing so, he has now tied up with Federer and Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles. Going by history, the Serb always finds a way to bounce back to winning ways. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season and in the future.