Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev played in two Major finals this season. Novak defeated Daniil in straight sets in Melbourne, and the Russian responded in New York, beating the 20-time Major winner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his first Major crown at 25.
Speaking about the US Open final, a former world no. 1 Jim Courier praised the Russian, saying he played on a high level in a critical moment for both players. Novak had won 27 straight matches at Majors before this clash, seeking an elusive calendar Grand Slam and the 21st Major trophy.
Instead, he cracked under pressure and lost in straight sets. The Russian hit 38 winners and 31 unforced errors to leave the Serb behind and produced bold and aggressive tennis to outplay Novak and achieve a career-best victory.
Medvedev claimed the opening two sets with two breaks and earned a couple in the third to cross the finish line and join tennis immortals. Daniil barely lost a point on serve in the opener and grabbed a break in the first game for an instant lead.
Medvedev managed his games superbly and held in the tenth for 6-4 and a boost ahead of set number two. Losing the opener in five consecutive matches, Djokovic wasted five break chances at the beginning of the second set, and he needed to seize one of those badly if he wanted to get back on track.
Instead, Daniil broke at 2-2 and produced three fine holds to forge a 6-4, 6-4 advantage and move closer to the finish line.
Daniil Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets in New York.
With nothing working his way, Djokovic experienced breaks in games one and three in the third set to find himself 4-0 down and miles away from the desired title.
Making one last push, Novak saved a match point in the eighth game and scored his first break to reduce the deficit and extend his chances. The Serb held in game nine to move 4-5 behind before Daniil sealed the deal with a hold at 30 a few minutes later, seizing the third match point and lifting the first Major trophy.
"Winning the US Open was a massive moment for Daniil Medvedev and a gamechanger, especially given what was on the line for Novak Djokovic in the final. To compete on that level at that moment was impressive.
Daniil seemed primed to do something pretty good in Australia, but he played a pretty poor final against Novak. That makes his New York triumph even sweeter," Jim Courier said.