Novak Djokovic’s quest for a calendar-year Grand Slam came to an end Sunday, as he faltered in the U.S. Open up finals. In a rematch of this year’s Australian Open up ultimate, the prime rated men’s tennis participant was defeated by Daniil Medvedev, shockingly shedding in straight sets by a rating of 6-4 6-4 6-4.
Djokovic experienced presently claimed titles at the Australian Open, Roland-Garros and Wimbledon this yr. Incorporating a win at the U.S. Open up — the fourth and last key of the tennis season — would have given the 34-12 months-previous the coveted calendar-calendar year Grand Slam, a feat that has not been accomplished due to the fact Steffi Graf did it in 1988. The final guy to gain the calendar-12 months Grand Slam was Australian legend Rod Laver, who managed to do it 2 times in his storied job in 1962 and in 1969.
Djokovic did not get his initial crack of the match until eventually the 3rd set, when Medvedev was serving for the match at 5-2. But the Russian double faulted on championship stage and then once more at deuce to give Djokovic the benefit. He then buried an unforced error into the internet, sending the group into a frenzy. Djokovic adopted with a maintain, but Medvedev shut issues out in his following provider video game.
This is Medvedev’s very first big title. The 25-calendar year-outdated had previously produced it to two other main last matches: his decline to Djokovic previously this year in Melbourne, and the 2019 U.S. Open up finals, which he misplaced to Rafael Nadal just after virtually coming back from a two sets to appreciate deficit.
Djokovic was noticeably emotional right after the match, burying his facial area in a towel and showing to cry ahead of the trophy ceremony. He ongoing to shed tears in the course of the ceremony as he congratulated his opponent.
“I would like to say that, tonight, even although I have not won the match, my heart is filled with pleasure and I am the happiest guy alive, simply because you guys manufactured me really feel incredibly exclusive.” Djokovic instructed the group. “You guys touched my soul. I’ve never ever felt like this in New York, actually, I have hardly ever felt like this. I really like you guys. Thank you so considerably for your support and all the things you have performed tonight for me. I really like you, and I’ll see you shortly.”
Medvedev commenced his remarks by apologizing to both the fans and Djokovic for denying them the chance of viewing and successful the Grand Slam. He then informed Djokovic that he considers him the biggest tennis player at any time.
“Just spectacular Daniil Medvedev, you stopped one particular of the best tonight,” Laver tweeted right after the match. “To acquire your initially Grand Slam title is generally special, to do it from a winner like Novak Djokovic is a little something else. Choose heart Novak, the quest carries on. Finest needs.”
Sunday’s loss also place Djokovic’s bid to develop into the sole leader in the men’s singles important titles race on maintain. He remains tied with Roger Federer and Nadal at 20. Neither Nadal or Federer competed at this year’s U.S. Open thanks to personal injury.
Djokovic had previously hoped to attain the even-rarer feat of pulling off the Golden Slam, a gain in all four majors additionally an Olympic gold medal in the very same 12 months. But the Serb was defeated by eventual gold medal winner Alexander Zverev in Tokyo, then stunningly failed to even medal, getting rid of in the bronze medal match to Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain.