World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev hailed Emma Raducanu for her "incredible" US Open victory. Raducanu, who was ranked at No. 150 in the world at the time of the tournament, went through qualifying to earn a main draw place.
Raducanu then went on to win seven more main draw matches and capture her first Grand Slam title at the age of 18. Raducanu became the first-ever qualifier to win a grand Slam title. In the end, Raducanu won 10 matches at the US Open -- all without a dropped set.
Imagine being 18, playing in your 4th pro event, winning only a 25k before and now being @usopen champ! Incredible. 👏 👏@EmmaRaducanu pic.twitter.com/xGtOt3YkHs — Daniil Medvedev (@DaniilMedwed) September 14, 2021
Medvedev, Raducanu claim victories at the US Open
In the US Open men's singles final, Medvedev beat world No.
1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets to earn his maiden Major. After the final, Medvedev admitted that winning his first Grand Slam trophy was special. "Everything that happens for the first time is special. When I won my first junior tournament, it meant a lot to me.
When I won my first future, I was happy. I think when you repeat something, there is a little bit different emotions unless you make history," Medvedev said. "Why I say this is because now winning the Masters, I'm super happy, strong achievement.
Not many player won a Masters in their career. But the only thing I was thinking after winning another Masters is I need more, I want to try to do more. "You never know if you're going to achieve it in your career. Again I was always saying, If I don't, I just want to know that I did my best to do it.
"Now it's a bit -- I don't know if (indiscernible) is a good word, but a lot of happiness. That's my first Grand Slam. I don't know how I'm going to feel if I win a second one or third one. That's my first one, so I'm really happy. Means a lot to me."