The duel between Medvedev and Djokovic at the US Open stadium packed with fans on September 12 lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes. The interest in the match was colossal: everyone expected the Serb's triumph. But Medvedev thwarted the rival's “coronation”, beating Djokovic, who was considered the undisputed favorite, in three sets with a crushing score of 6: 4, 6: 4, 6: 4.
After winning the match, Medvedev did not allow the Serb, who had already won the Australian Open, Roland Garros and the Wimbledon tournament, to collect a complete collection of Grand Slam awards.
“In the event of a triumph in the United States, he would become the second tennis player in the open era after Rod Laver to achieve this. This is what the American media mainly wrote about, noting the fact that Medvedev deprived Djokovic of his historic achievement”, - RIA Novosti reports.
Observers note that celebrities have been spotted among the fans at the packed Arthur Ash Stadium, including the legendary Rod Laver, whose 1969 triumph has never been replicated.
The stadium fiercely supported Djokovic, breaking his voice. Djokovic was clearly worried, knowing what was at stake. At some point, an agitated Djokovic broke the racket out of emotion. However, the nerves of 25-year-old Medvedev did not flinch. He powerfully attacked the opponent, making only two mistakes, but this only delayed the defeat of the Serb. After giving all his strength to the game, after the match, Medvedev fell onto the court and lay in this position for several seconds. Then the tennis player got to his feet and walked to the net to thank Djokovic for the game.
Observers note that "the whole tennis world and Djokovic himself dreamed of the triumph of Djokovic." In the final, the “coronation” of the first racket of the world was expected. It was expected that he would be able to repeat Laver's record, unsurpassed for more than 50 years. But when Medvedev snatched victory from Djokovic's hands with a confident win in three sets in a row in the US Open final, tears came to the Serb's eyes.
“Novak could go down in history, but Daniil Medvedev robbed him. The Russian tennis player took revenge on Djokovic for his defeat in the Australian Open final and won his first ever Grand Slam tournament, according to Sports Illustrated.
Sports commentators noted that Medvedev "shocked the whole world with his victory". Some believe that the Russian will become the face of a new generation of tennis players, displacing the famous athletes of the "big three" Djokovic, Federer and Nadal.
Medvedev has already been congratulated by Evgeny Kafelnikov, representatives of the Russian team, representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee and many fans.
As noted by R-Sport, In the career of a Russian, this victory is the first in Grand Slam tournaments. Thanks to her, Medvedev earned $ 2.5 million. Djokovic's prize money was $ 1.25 million.
On the way to the final, Daniil Medvedev defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet, German Dominic Kepfer, Spaniard Pablo Andujar, Briton Daniel Evans, Botik van de Sandshulp from the Netherlands, and Canadian Felix Auger-Allassim.