World number two Daniil Medvedev achieved a great feat on Sunday night by beating in the final in three sets and stopping the Grand Slam dreams of world number one Novak Djokovic. After a phenomenal season the Serbian tennis player stopped in the final part, probably exhausted after a very tiring tournament and which left him a lot of dross in the final.
At the umpteenth attempt this time Medvedev made it. The Russian champion lost only one set in the whole tournament, didn't have to put in much effort and won the first Grand Slam tournament in his career. Great satisfaction for the Russian who is also the first NextGen player to achieve this result.
After the defeat suffered this year against Nole in the final at the Australian Open, there was a lot of tension in the Russian's home, tension that ended only at the end of the match won with the result of 6-4; 6-4; 6-4.
Speaking on ESPN Russia's microphones Medvedev revealed how he spent the hours leading up to the US Open 2021 final. Here are his words: "In the hours before the final, letting myself go completely from tennis helped me.
I woke up at seven in the morning and wondered what I had to do, in the end I decided to watch Formula One, it was crazy with the clash between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the Monza Grand Prix."
Corretja reflects on Novak Djokovic
Alex Corretja recently opined Novak Djokovic shouldn't be too hard on himself after his US Open final defeat to Daniil Medvedev, as he reckons the Serb has had a "perfect" season.
"He (Novak Djokovic) needs to realise that his season was perfect and it was just that he lost a couple of matches," Corretja added. "For him it's going to relieve the whole pressure and he will take on new goals for the future."
The Spaniard also believes Djokovic would have a good chance of turning things around at the Australian Open next year or the ATP Finals this year, assuming he decides to take part in the latter. "And that will come again in winning the Australian Open next year, or even the ATP Finals at the end of this year if he decides not to take a little bit of time off to chill," Corretja concluded.
Mats Wilander, who was also part of the conversation with Alex Corretja, spoke a few words on how Daniil Medvedev managed to outplay Novak Djokovic in Sunday's US Open final. "He neutralized Novak's game a little bit," Wilander said.
"He didn't hit too hard. A lot of his shots were going down the middle of the court and he was asking Novak to actively do something and show that he has the power to hit through him."