Novak Djokovic vs. Daniil Medvedev stay scores, outcomes, highlights of the US Open 2021
The moment is finally here. What began in February and dragged on through May, June and July, has its final on Sunday after months of anticipation. The only question is: will it happen?
Can Novak Djokovic win the calendar Grand Slam?
It’s been 33 years since a single player won all four Grand Slams in one season. The last one to do it in 1988 was Steffi Graf; the last man was Rod Laver in 1969. It’s an elusive feat. Not many even got close. Since Graf 2015 there has only been Serena Williams; However, she lost in the semifinals against the not seeded Roberta Vinci.
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That’s not all when the world’s number 1 competes in her final match against Daniil Medvedev at the 2021 US Open. The 34-year-old Serbian star needs a win to break a three-way battle with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam victories in men’s singles. You’re tied at 20.
Djokovic will not have a march through in the final against No. 2 Medvedev. The Russian will play in his third Grand Slam final of his career after losing to Nadal in the US Open final and Djokovic at the 2021 Australian Open in January 2019. Overall, Djokovic holds a 5-3 record against 25-year-old Medvedev.
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Saturday’s women’s final was also historic as the first qualifier – man or woman – won a Grand Slam tournament when Emma Raducanu won the title. Will more history be written on Sunday?
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(1) Novak Djokovic vs. (2) Daniil Medvedev
Game results, highlights from the US Open Men’s Final 2021
A long rally, but Djokovic sends the forehand and Medvedev has a chance to level the set. Medvedev replies and sends the next point far and it’s two. Break point chance for Djokovic when Medvedev sends the backhander far over the line.
Let is called while music is playing in the stadium during the point and Djokovic is not happy. Medvedev saves things with a great drop volley. Djokovic stands 0-for-4 with breakpoint chances, but gets another chance – and Medvedev saves them again with a backhander down the line. Djokovic has problems dealing with.
On the next point, Djokovic has problems with the Medvedev serve and absolutely demolishes his racket. He cannot process the serving on the ad page either and the set is bound.
Djokovic leads 2-1
Break chance for Medvedev, but Djokovic saves her with a big first serve that he can’t get back. On his second chance to end the game, Djokovic ended the matter with two slams, the second into the open field. Djokovic, who comes in a lot, is 12-for-14 for net points won.
The crowd begins to stand behind Djokovic – they want a fiver? – because he gets three breakpoint possibilities. Medvedev brings two back thanks to a great forehand approach shot winner and an ace. He fends off the third when Djokovic hits the slice backhand for two into the net. Ace No. 10 and another serve in T, which Djokovic cannot return on the pitch, the set for Medvedev. Great stop from the Russian.
Djokovic leads 1-0
Djokovic starts on the second serve and wins the game thanks to winners number 11 and 12 of the game in four. By the way, Medvedev has 13.
First set: Medvedev wins 6-4
Serving for the set, Medvedev hits a serve Djokovic can’t hit back and fires an ace to take a 30-0 lead. He makes a double mistake, but then recovers with a good serve in the T, which Djokovic sends back for a long time. Then he collects Ace # 8 to end the set.
Medvedev leads 5-4
Djokovic, who is used to stay in the set, sends the forehand into the net to cover 0-15. Then he wins the next point with an overhead slam and rises to 30-15 with a beauty drop shot volley. He gets Medvedev to hit an enforced backhand error and an uncorrected backhand error to win the game.
Medvedev leads 5-3
Ace # 5 for Medvedev makes it 30-0 and Ace # 6 gives him the game.
Medvedev leads 4-3
Apart from the early break, both players whiz through their service games. They each have four aces (Djokovic also has two double faults) and eight winners in the match.
Medvedev leads 4-2
Another five point stop for Medvedev. It ends with a couple of overhead smashes at the last point of the game.
Medvedev leads 3-2
Djokovic says: “I can play a quick game too.” He holds thanks to two aces.
Medvedev leads 3-1
Another quick service game by the Russian; this time in four games as he finished it off with an inside-out forehand winner across the board.
Medvedev leads 2-1
Djokovic is fighting and already has eight casual errors, 15-40 back. He gets one point back with a backhand winner with Medvedev and then gets it to the deuce with an overhead smash. Consecutive aces help him recover to avoid a premature double break.
Medvedev leads 2-0
A quick service game for Medvedev as he climbs to 40-0 and then holds five points when Djokovic hits the backhand for a long time.
Medvedev leads 1-0
Djokovic struggled with his serve in that first game (finished with 38 percent of his first serves). Medvedev brings the game to a duel – and gets an early breakpoint chance – after two long rallies and two misses on the forehand of the world’s number 1. Medvedev then gets the break when Djokovic sends the forehand far.
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4:15 p.m. – Brad Pitt and Bradley Cooper are also in attendance, as are Maria Sharapova and Rod Laver, the last winner of the Calendar Grand Slam.
4:05 pm – The players enter the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The weight of the story rests on Djokovic’s shoulders. Can Medvedev play spoilers?
3:47 pm – Another golden slam. Will Djokovic make it a slam three-goal? (Note: Djokovic cannot win the Golden Slam because he lost to Alexander Zverev in the semifinals of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.)
3:43 pm – Fun fact: Djokovic is the first player to have completed the career Grand Slam twice.
3:10 p.m. – Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai defeat the Americans Coco Gauff and Caty McNally for the women’s double crown.
3 pm – Previously, Diede de Groot had achieved a Golden Slam. She won all four Grand Slams and the 2021 Olympic Games.