Novak Djokovic’s bid for the primary calendar-year Grand Slam in males’s tennis since 1969 ended one victory quick with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Daniil Medvedev within the U.S. Open remaining on Sunday.
Medvedev’s surprisingly lopsided triumph gave him his first main championship and prevented Djokovic from profitable what would have been the report twenty first of his profession.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic entered this match 27-0 in 2021 on the sport’s 4 most necessary tournaments, enduring the burdens of expectations and stress that got here alongside together with his two-track pursuit of historical past over the previous seven months and, in New York, the previous two weeks.
He beat Medvedev within the Australian Open remaining on a tough court docket in February, then added titles on clay on the French Open in June and Wimbledon on grass in July.
Removed from his finest on this specific day
However Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia, could not get to 28-0. He merely was removed from his finest on this specific day.
He made errors, 38 unforced errors in all. He wasn’t in a position to convert a break likelihood till it was too little, too late. He confirmed frustration, too, destroying his racket by pounding it 3 times towards the court docket after one level, drawing boos from the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd and a code violation from the chair umpire.
Lots of Djokovic’s points needed to do with the No. 2-ranked Medvedev, who used his 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) body to chase down the whole lot and reply with seemingly easy groundstrokes – a lot the best way Djokovic wears down foes – and delivered pinpoint serving.
Djokovic reached his record-equaling thirty first Grand Slam remaining with six victories on the exhausting courts of Flushing Meadows. However he couldn’t fairly get the final one he wanted.
He stays tied with Federer and Nadal
He stays tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 main titles.And the final man to comb a season’s singles trophies on the Slams stays Rod Laver, who did it twice – in 1962 and 1969 – and was within the stands Sunday. The final lady to perform the feat was Steffi Graf in 1988.
As a substitute, Djokovic joins Jack Crawford in 1933 and Lew Hoad in 1956 as males who gained a 12 months’s first trio of Grand Slam tournaments and made all of it the best way to the U.S. Open remaining earlier than shedding.