TENNIS – Perfect match author Daniil Medvedev won the US Open, beating 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Novak Djokovic who has not borne the brunt of history, thus failing to achieve the feat of a Grand Slam over one year, this Sunday, September 12 in New York.
The Russian N.2 world, after two lost finals, finally won his first Major tournament, preventing the Serbian from establishing a new record in the matter, since he remains blocked at 20 coronations, still tied with his eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
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At the gates of the greatest feat of the Open era, the world No. 1 fails, like the Swiss and the Spaniard before him, to enlarge the decidedly very closed club of the five champions to have won the Australian Open , Roland-Garros, Wimbledon and the US Open the same year.
Rod Laver, 83 years old and present in the stands of the Arthur Ashe court, remains the last to have achieved this performance on the men’s side. It was in 1968 for the second time concerning him (1962), after the American pioneer Don Budge in 1938. Among the ladies, we must first go back to Steffi Graf (1988), Margaret Court (1970) and Maureen Connoly ( 1953).
“If I get there, I’ll probably be somewhere in the history books as having been the one who didn’t let him,” Medvedev liked to point out before the game.
He was right. Especially since he did it in an exceptional way, leaving the match of his life and demonstrating that he had learned the different lessons of the two finals lost, in 2019 against Rafael Nadal after an epic fight, and in February this year, against Djokovic against whom he had missed.
His third attempt, marked by icy determination, was the right one. Because he was first imperial in service, often taking the risk – winning – of hitting his second balls with the same force as his first. The Russian thus achieved a perfect first set on his engagement, with six aces in particular (16 in total).
He also shone with his ability to accelerate with forehands and always counterattack at the best time. Almost none of his choices turned out to be bad.
In the face, he quickly appeared, as much through the gross errors of the Serbian as the manifest annoyance he expressed, the pressure of the context having enough to liquefy any champion. Even him.
In the second set, however, Djokovic had the opportunity to finally break. Three times in the first game. After failing, he slapped the racket several times on his right thigh and since it had not broken, he completely smashed it on the cement two games later, furious with it. still missed the opportunity, weighed down by yet another gross mistake. With a warning as a bonus.
The Serb, who had put his towel over his head during the previous change of sides, never knew how to get back into the game, as he always had the ability to do this year during the 27 Grand Slam victories leading him to this 28th game for glory.
For Medvedev, past this brief threat, has never loosened the grip. He broke it immediately and continued to pressurize the world No.1 to pocket the second set and go on with four straight games in the third.
The amazement was immense on Arthur Ashe where, for once, the audience, determined to witness the story, was almost 100% behind him. The 23,000 or so spectators including Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Spike Lee and Joakim Noah woke up when he finally broke for the first time the Russian, who suddenly became feverish after making a double fault on his first ball. match.
At the change of sides, Novak smiled, his hand on his heart. Warmed up, but basically already inconsolable.
Because opposite it was the Tsar the star. Despite another double fault on his second match point, he held on to the third, offered by a ball in the net from Djokovic.
Almost elsewhere during the next nanoseconds, Medvedev slumped like a carp on the court, receiving the fans’ ovation as oxygen. He deserved it because what he accomplished no one had done this year.
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