Novak Djokovics Bid for the first calendar year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since 1969, a win just ended with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 defeat against Daniil Medvedev by doing US Open Final On Sunday.
Medvedev’s surprisingly one-sided triumph earned him his first major championship and prevented Djokovic from winning the 21st career record.
The No. 1 placed Djokovic entered this game 27-0 in 2021 at the sport’s four major tournaments, and endured the strains of expectations and pressures that came with its two-pronged pursuit of history for the past seven months and in New York for the past two weeks.
He defeated Medvedev in the hard court final of the Australian Open in February, then won clay titles at the French Open in June and Wimbledon on grass in July.
Far from its best on this special day
But Djokovic, a 34-year-old Serb, didn’t make it to 28-0. He was just far from his best on this special day.
He made mistakes, 38 uncorrected mistakes in total. He was only able to take advantage of a break opportunity when it was too small, too late. He also showed frustration by destroying his bat by pounding it three times on the court after a point, boos from spectators at Arthur Ashe Stadium and a code violation from the chair umpire.
Many of Djokovic’s problems had to do with Medvedev in second place, who used his 1.98-meter frame to chase everything and respond with seemingly effortless ground strokes – similar to how Djokovic wears down enemies – and delivered pinpoint portions.
Djokovic reached his record-breaking 31st Grand Slam final with six wins on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows. But he couldn’t quite get the last thing he needed.
He remains connected to Federer and Nadal tied
He remains associated with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 major titles. The last woman to accomplish the feat was Steffi Graf in 1988.
Instead of this, Djokovic joins Jack Crawford in 1933 and Lew Hoad in 1956 as men who won the first trio of Grand Slam tournaments of a year and made it to the US Open final before losing.