It was a truly historic final the one just staged in Flushing Meadows, New York, where ATP number one Novak Djokovic was just three sets away from winning his twenty-first major title and the Grand Slam, an undertaking that did not succeeds since 1969 (when the legendary Rod Laver made it).
Faced with an amazing Daniil Medvedev, finalist here already two years ago, the Belgrade champion could not really do anything and finally capitulated with the score of 6-4 6-4 6-4, giving away the first Major trophy all 'opponent.
It was Medvedev's thirteenth success on the Tour, having already triumphed at the ATP Finals and four Masters 1000 events. There was no shortage of surprises in the women's field too: the trophy went to the very young British Emma Raducanu, who in the last match defeated the 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez thus becoming the first player to win a Grand Slam tournament starting from the qualifiers.
Iga Swiatek on Novak Djokovic in tears: "No... I'm not crying"
Thanks to this success, Emma went from 150th position in the WTA ranking to 23rd step, becoming the first British tennis player in the rankings.
As for Iga Swiatek, champion at Roland Garros 2020, the Polish stopped in the round of 16, beaten by Belinda Bencic for 7-6 6-3. Evidently struck by the tears shed by Djokovic after the final, moved by thecrowd's affection for him (as it was rarely seen, to tell the truth) and sad for the outcome of the match, Swiatek wrote on her account Twitter: "No… I'm not crying… I'm NOT CRYING… Ohh, who cares…"
Iga had never reached the fourth round in New York before this year: her best result was her third match, played last season. A huge fan of Rafael Nadal, the Polish champion is currently 8th in the WTA world ranking. About Novak Djokovic, he could come back on the court directly in 2022, like his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal