US Open: A Major upset

Daniil Medvedev ends Serbian’s run for 21st Major

US Open: A Major upset

Daniil Medvedev

NEW YORK, September 13

Competing just a stone’s throw from the bright lights of Broadway, Daniil Medvedev delivered the performance of a lifetime to win the US Open on Sunday and deny Novak Djokovic a rare calendar-year Grand Slam.

The Russian won the year’s final Major 6-4 6-4 6-4, though the straight-sets victory was anything but routine as Medvedev had to grit his teeth and battle through cramp to close out the match, keeping the pain hidden to avoid giving Djokovic the scent of blood.

“I started cramping at 5-3, I think because of the pressure at 5-2 where I had match points, I didn’t make it,” he told reporters. “My legs were gone after 5-3. At 5-4, left leg, I almost couldn’t walk. If you really look the replay, when I walked to the towel, my leg was just going behind. I was trying not to show it. If Novak feels it, it’s not good.”

Medvedev had dropped just one set on the way to the final and ripped through each of his first four matches in under two hours, determined to finally get his hands on a Grand Slam trophy.

Underdog

He had come close here two years ago, coming up short in the final after a five-set thriller against Rafa Nadal. But he was still widely regarded as the underdog when he arrived at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Sunday, after losing to Djokovic in straight sets at the Australian Open final earlier this year.

“For the confidence and for my future career, knowing that I beat somebody who was 27-0 in a year in Grand Slams, I lost to him in Australia, he was going for huge history, and knowing that I managed to stop him it definitely makes it sweeter and brings me confidence for what is to come on hardcourts,” he said. “But let’s see about other surfaces.”

He had enough left in the tank to serve up a unique victory pose, flopping to his side in a “dead fish celebration” with his tongue stuck out, a move the avid gamer said he learned from a FIFA video game. “I wanted to make it special for people to love, for my friends to love who I play FIFA with,” said Medvedev, conceding that perhaps the move would have been better attempted on a different surface. “I got hurt a little bit.” — Reuters

3rd Djokovic joins Jack Crawford in 1933 and Lew Hoad in 1956 as men who won a year’s first trio of Grand Slam tournaments.

1set Medvedev had dropped just one set on the way to the final.

3rd Medvedev becomes the third Russian man to win a Grand Slam singles title, and the second to claim the US Open title since Hall of Famer Marat Safin in 2000.

9th The world No. 2 is the the ninth first-time champion at the US Open since Juan Martin del Potro shocked Roger Federer in 2009.

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