Daniil Medvedev Defeats Novak Djokovic for Maiden Grand Slam Title at US Open

published: Sep, 12, 2021

by: Nima Naderi

US Open—Flushing Meadows, New York

Russian No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev defeated top seed Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday to capture his maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Winning 15/15 first serve points in the first set, Medvedev continued his stellar play in the second set by breaking his Hall of Fame opponent early on. Using his fresh legs throughout the encounter, Medvedev raced out to a 5-1 advantage in set three, and never looked back.

Losing his first-two Major finals, Medvedev became the first Russian to win the US Open since Marat Safin in 2000.

The world No. 2 now holds 13 career titles.

For Djokovic, the loss put an end to his quest of winning the calendar year Grand Slam after capturing the first three legs earlier this year. The last man to win all four Grand Slams in a single season remains Rod Laver. The Australian achieved the feat back in 1969.

Djokovic, who has undoubtedly been the best men’s player of the past decade, remains tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 career Majors.

The Grand Slam season will resume in January at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Nima Naderi


Founder and Creative Director of TennisConnected.com. He has over 25 years of coaching experience and is an award winning coach with the PTR. Nima has written articles for the ATPWorldTour.com, TennisCanada.com, TennisViewMagazine and Tennis Pro Magazine. He is also the co-host of the TennisConnected PodCast, the Operations Director for Premium Court and the Tournament Director for the Caribbean Cup Tennis Series.

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