Daniil Medvedev will seek his 250th ATP victory in Los Cabos on Wednesday night. World no. 1 will chase the milestone victory against the Aussie qualifier Rinky Hijikata, hoping for a good run in the next two weeks to remain on the ATP throne.
Asked about his most cherished victory, Daniil had no doubts. He mentioned the 2021 US Open final and a rock-solid triumph over Novak Djokovic in straight sets. Djokovic was a player to beat at Majors last year, throwing everything at the four most prestigious events and barely missing a calendar Grand Slam.
Novak conquered the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon, matching Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20 Major titles and seeking ultimate glory in New York. Lacking matches and not playing at his best, Djokovic claimed six victories to reach the US Open final and move a win away from writing history books.
Nonetheless, Medvedev proved too strong on that historic night at Arthur Ashe Stadium, beating Novak 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his first Major crown at 25. The Russian hit 38 winners and 31 unforced errors to leave the Serb behind and produced bold and aggressive tennis to outplay Novak and achieve a career-best victory.
Medvedev claimed the opening two sets with two breaks and earned a couple in the third to cross the finish line and join tennis immortals.
Daniil Medvedev claimed the first Major crown over Novak Djokovic at the US Open.
Daniil barely lost a point on serve in the opener and grabbed a break in the first game for an instant lead.
Medvedev managed his games superbly and held in the tenth for 6-4 and a boost ahead of the second set. Djokovic wasted five break chances at the beginning of the second set and paid the price soon after. Daniil broke him at 2-2 and produced three comfortable holds to forge a 6-4, 6-4 advantage and move closer to the finish line.
With nothing working his way, Djokovic experienced breaks in the third set’s games one and three to find himself 4-0 down and miles away from the desired title. Making one last push, Novak saved a match point at 2-5 and scored his first break of the encounter to extend his chances.
The Serb held in game nine to move 4-5 behind before Daniil sealed the deal with a hold at 30 a few minutes later, seizing the third match point and lifting the first Major trophy.