Novak Djokovic will have to repeat what Dominic Thiem did a year ago against Alexander Zverev in the US Open final after trailing two sets to love against Daniil Medvedev. The Russian is yet to put a foot wrong in his third Major final, defending all five break chances early in the second set and stealing Novak's serve at 2-2 to open two sets to love advantage after 90 minutes, requiring one more set to become a Major champion.
Starting all over after losing the first, Novak brought the opening game at love and earned three break chances in the second, his first since the start of the encounter. Still standing strong, Medvedev saved them all, and Djokovic hit his legs in anger after missing so many opportunities while trailing.
Daniil closed the game with two powerful serves and earned a break chance at 1-1 following a flamy forehand down the line winner. Novak saved it with a service winner and closed the game with a smash winner that gave him a massive boost after working for every point.
Playing bold and aggressive tennis, Daniil saved two break chances in the fourth game to bring it home with a service winner and gain another injection of pace. Struggling to find his usual tempo and rhythm, Djokovic failed to control a ball at the net and experienced a break at 2-2 that sent his rival further in front and closer to the finish line.
Dominating the baseline, Medvedev held at love in game six to cement the advantage when Djokovic sprayed a volley mistake at the net.
Novak Djokovic loses the second set of the US Open final to Daniil Medvedev.
Novak held at 30 in game seven to at least stay in touch before Daniil claimed a hold at love thanks to a marvelous defense and a forehand winner that sent him 5-3 in front.
The Serb closed the ninth game with a smash winner and had to pull the break back in the next one if he wanted to avoid two sets to love deficit. Staying calm, Medvedev kicked off the tenth game with two service winners and placed a forehand winner at the net for three set points, feeling no pressure at all.
The Russian seized the third set point when the Serb sprayed a backhand mistake from an ideal position, building two sets to love advantage after an hour and a half and moving a step away from a Major glory.