Daniil Medvedev ends Novak Djokovic’s calendar slam dream in US Open final
Russian wins first major tournament after 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory
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As Daniil Medvedev stood in the tunnel of Arthur Ashe Stadium before the US Open final, the last man standing in front of Novak Djokovic’s historic grand slam attempt, he was asked in his pre-match interview exactly what he learnt from the way that Djokovic had dismantled him seven months ago in the Australian Open final. He responded calmly and without hesitation: “Well, I learned that I have to be much better.”
Over the following two hours, he simply was. For the majority of his third major final, Medvedev bullied Djokovic from the baseline, he erected a defensive wall on his half of the court and he served as if he was standing from a tree. In the process, Medvedev thwarted Djokovic’s shot at immortality, outplaying the world number one 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to win his first major title at the US Open.