Russian Daniil Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title shattering Novak Djokovic’s hopes of completing the majors calendar in a unilateral US Open final.
Second-seed Medvedev, 25, lost his previous two Grand Slam finals but was made up during a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.
World number one Djokovic had already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles this year.
The 34-year-old Serbian was also chasing the men’s 21st Grand Slam title record.
The win would have set him apart from rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the battle to finish with the most male majors, but it was the potential Grand Slam of the calendar that Djokovic had said would be the “greatest achievement” of his career.
Perhaps burdened by the weight of history, Djokovic appeared submissive all the time as he made a large number of unusual mistakes and also became in tears towards the end.
He also seemed far below his usual physical abilities.
To consider these factors as the only reasons for Medvedev’s success would be completely wrong.
The Russian played smart and confident, clearing mistakes from his opponent with a strong serve and finishing points with precise winners, as he took revenge on a Djokovic defeat in the Australian Open final in February.
There was a slight wobble as he tried to serve for the title – three double fouls helped Djokovic recover a 5-3 break – before Medvedev decided to take his third championship point.
After sharing a warm hug with Djokovic at the net, Medvedev broke into a broad smile before sitting back in his chair to contemplate the final victory of the first Grand Slam title he has long threatened.
“I want to thank my team, those who are here and watching. My parents, my family, my sisters. Some of my friends are here too, “Medvedev said.
“Thanks guys because it’s not an easy journey to win a Grand Slam. I am really grateful to you for helping me on this journey. “
‘I’ve never felt like this in New York’ – Djokovic overwhelmed with emotion
While missing the opportunity to create further story will be hard for Djokovic to bear, there was some comfort in the overwhelming reception he received from a New York crowd with whom he hasn’t always had the warmest relationships. .
Arthur Ashe Stadium has been a somewhat hostile venue for Djokovic over the years, particularly in the 2015 final against Federer, when fans cheered over the Serbian’s failures.
From the start of the final against Medvedev, until the moment he stepped off the pitch, there was tremendous support for the 20-time Serbian Grand Slam champion.
After a comfortable 5-4 hold in the third set, the crowd yelled further support for Djokovic and this led to the Serbian getting excited in his chair.
She laughed at first and then her heart pounded as the noise got louder. This resulted in an overwhelmed Djokovic crying behind his towel on the chair and still crying as he stood behind the baseline at the start of the next match.
Later, he told the crowd as he gushed: “Even though I didn’t win the game, I’m the happiest man in the world because you guys have made me very special on the pitch.
“Guys you have touched my soul. I’ve never felt like this in New York. Thank you for your support. I love you.”
More to follow.
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