Daniil Medvedev: US Open win is anniversary current for my spouse

Daniil Medvedev falls to the ground in celebration
Daniil Medvedev described his celebration as “L2+left” – the code for the brick fall purpose celebration within the Fifa online game

Daniil Medvedev joked it was an excellent job that he gained the US Open title on his wedding ceremony anniversary as he had not purchased a gift for his spouse.

The Russian dominated world primary Novak Djokovic to win 6-4 6-4 6-4 and clinch his maiden main trophy.

“Through the match I could not consider a gift. After I made the ultimate, I assumed if I lose I have to discover a current quick,” the 25-year-old stated.

“I’ve no time to discover a current, I’ve to win this match.”

Medvedev produced a close to flawless efficiency to beat Djokovic and finish the Serb’s hope of a calendar Grand Slam and a males’s file twenty first main singles title.

He jumped and fell to the ground after he transformed his third championship level – a reference to the useless fish purpose celebration within the Fifa online game.

“Solely legends will perceive, what I did eventually was L2+left,” he informed the New York crowd.

Medvedev lastly celebrates

Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev dropped only one set on the US Open to qualifier Botic van de Zandschulp within the quarter-finals

Medvedev has stated earlier than that not celebrating wins is his “factor” – probably the most emotion he confirmed when he gained the season-ending ATP Tour Finals final yr was a shrug of the shoulders.

After profitable his first Slam, he shared an embrace with Djokovic on the internet earlier than standing together with his arms outstretched, taking within the applause.

He then returned to his seat to permit the second to sink in and appeared to ask his help field to calm their very own celebrations.

Medvedev reached his first Grand Slam ultimate at Flushing Meadows two years in the past, the place he battled again from two units down earlier than shedding in 5 to Rafael Nadal.

He took on the position of a pantomime villain throughout his 2019 run, telling the group that their boos had given him “a lot vitality” to win.

By the point of the ultimate, he had gained them over, as he was given a number of prolonged standing ovations whereas he fought exhausting in opposition to Nadal.

He referenced his experiences from two years in the past in his winner’s speech, saying: “I need to thanks guys [the crowd]. At this time it was possibly slightly bit extra for Novak however that is fully comprehensible.

“All through the week you guys gave me lots of vitality. Ranging from 2019 way back, it helped me by way of to immediately. It was not simple however thanks loads guys.”

Daniil Medvedev hugs Novak Djokovic
Daniil Medvedev is the second first-time males’s Grand Slam champion since 2014, following Dominic Thiem’s win in New York final yr

Whereas the group have been largely for Djokovic – they cheered so loudly after he saved championship level within the third set that it lowered him to tears – Medvedev had loads of help on Arthur Ashe.

It’s the second time the 2 have met in a Slam ultimate this yr after Djokovic rolled previous Medvedev to win the Australian Open in February.

Djokovic was bidding to turn out to be simply the sixth participant to win a calendar Slam and the primary man to do it since Rod Laver in 1969.

“I’m sorry for you the followers and Novak. Everyone knows what he was going for immediately,” Medvedev informed the group.

“What you might have achieved this yr and all through your profession, for me, I’ve by no means stated this earlier than, you’re the biggest tennis participant in historical past.”

Medvedev is the primary Russian since Maria Sharapova, who was within the crowd on Sunday, to win a US Open singles title after her victory in 2006.

He’s additionally the primary man since Nadal in 2010 to drop only one set on his solution to the title.

“Medvedev is a improbable athlete, has an enormous serve and all of the pictures,” former Wimbledon champion Pat Money informed BBC Radio 5 Stay.

“He was the perfect participant within the match, doubtless – shedding only one set the entire means by way of and beating Djokovic within the ultimate convincingly.

“He’s an excellent participant on any floor.”

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