US Open: Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic in men’s final

Medvedev, 25, playing his third Grand Slam final, became the third Russian to win a major singles title and the ninth different US Open men’s singles champion in the past 14 years.

After his victory, he thanked his friends, family and fans for giving him energy throughout the week. He ended his speech by wishing his wife a happy birthday.

“During the tournament I couldn’t think of a giveaway or anything, but if I lose I have to think of a giveaway,” Medvedev said.

The world number 2 also praised Djokovic, who was in tears after the game, for his exploits.

“To me, you are the greatest tennis player in history,” Medvedev said.

In return, Djokovic said his opponent deserved to win the title: “I wish you many more Grand Slams, many more Major tournaments, I’m sure you will be on this stage again in the future”, a- he declared.

Djokovic was looking to win a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title and finish the first Grand Slam on the men’s calendar – winning the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year – since Rod Laver in 1969.

Sunday’s game means Djokovic remains tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in 20 Grand Slam titles.

Medvedev, who defeated 12th seed Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada in straight sets to reach the final, lost to Rafael Nadal in five sets in the 2019 US Open final and fell in the final of the Australian Open against Djokovic in straight sets earlier this year.

However, Medvedev has looked menacing throughout this year’s competition, losing just one set on the way to the final where he was able to avenge his loss in Melbourne and knock down the hopes of one-year-old Djokovic. for ages.

Following his semi-final victory over Auger-Aliassime, Medvedev said he learned a lot from the lost final to Djokovic in Melbourne.

“He was playing differently from games he played before me, and I wasn’t ready for that, so now I am,” Medvedev said of Djokovic’s tactics.

A moment of growth

For Medvedev, his experience at the 2019 US Open was a time of ups and downs.

During a match, he was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct and visible obscenity. As a result, he became a de facto villain in the eyes of the New York crowd. However, due to his personality, charisma, and excellent playing, he won them back in subsequent turns.

Ahead of this year’s US Open, he was hoping it would be a “romantic” relationship between him and the fans. And since the experience in 2019, he has learned to be just himself.

“Of course I’m taking lessons,” he told CNN Sport ahead of this year’s tournament. “What you should and shouldn’t do on the tennis court. But as a tennis player I’m definitely different.

“It was a new experience that made me believe in myself even more and made me better as a tennis player.”

In a promising outcrop of young rising stars of men’s tennis, Medvedev could be at the forefront.

Having already fallen at the last hurdle of the Grand Slam Finals, a victory in the ATP Tour Finals in 2020 was a watershed moment for the Russian as he became the first player to defeat No.1, No.2 and No.1. 3 worlds on his way to winning the end of season tournament.

CNN’s Homero De La Fuente contributed to this report.

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