Medvedev halts Djokovic's bid for year Grand Slam

Medvedev halts Djokovic's bid for year Grand Slam

Speaking after the game, Medvedev paid tribute to Djokovic, saying, " "What you accomplished this year and throughout your career, I have never said this to anybody, but, for me, you are the greatest tennis player in history.

Daniil Medvedev celebrates his first major title. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Russia's 25 year old Daniil Medvedev had never won a major final heading into the U.S Open final on Sunday 12 September 2021. 

Here, he was up against the 34 year old Serbian Novak Djokovic who headed into this clash at Flushing Meadows as pre-match favorite, looking to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969 to complete the true Grand Slam by winning the four major titles (Australian, Wimbledon, French and US) in a calendar year.

That was not to be the case as Medvedev beat him in straight sets of 6-4, 6-4,6-4 to win his first major title.

Speaking after the game, Medvedev paid tribute to Djokovic, saying, " "What you accomplished this year and throughout your career, I have never said this to anybody, but, for me, you are the greatest tennis player in history."

Djokovic didn't get his legendary win, but Medvedev got his unforgettable celebration.

"I got hurt a little bit," Medvedev said of falling onto the hard court. "But I'm happy I made it legendary for myself."

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