“Not Here to Let Him Win”: Daniil Medvedev Issues Stern Warning to Novak Djokovic for US Open 2021

Published 08/27/2021, 11:10 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after their final match REUTERS/Jaimi Joy


From Tuesday onwards, Novak Djokovic will begin his campaign for the calendar-year Grand Slam at US Open 2021. Along with that, he could also get ahead of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s career haul; the three currently have 20 majors each. However, second seed Daniil Medvedev is confident that none of that will happen.

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First of all, the 2019 finalist in New York sang all praises for the top seed Djokovic. Afterward, Medvedev clarified that he is “not here to let him win the US Open.”

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The duo had last met in this year’s Australian Open final, where the Serbian ace beat Medvedev in straight sets. Six months later, the Russian has now grown an insatiable thirst for his maiden Grand Slam title.

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Tournament winner Novak Djokovic of Serbia and runner up Daniil Medvedev of Russia holding their trophies after their final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Daniil Medvedev on stopping Novak Djokovic at US Open 2021

In the pre-tournament presser, Medvedev called Djokovic “amazing” for finding a foot in the Federer and Nadal era. As a child, he used to think that the Serbian might win a few Grand Slams, but not compete at the same level with the legendary duo. The rest is indeed history now.

Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 11, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy as he celebrates after winning his final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini Pool via REUTERS/Ben Solomon

But all this does not keep the 25-year-old from his goals in New York. And considering his time in Toronto and Cincinnati, Medvedev has all the right to feel confident.

“I’m going to try my best to keep it at 20 for all of them. I’m sure Novak wants 45 slams, playing until 55,” Medvedev said. “But we’re here to try to keep up at his level and to beat him.”

“Again, we’re not here to let him win the US Open. I want to win the US Open, I don’t care if it’s in the final against a qualifier or against Novak. I just want to win this tournament.”

As the top two seeds in the draw, Djokovic and Medvedev might meet in the US Open 2021 final. And given the history, the 34-year-old Serbian is the biggest favorite in Flushing Meadows.

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But apart from the Russian, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev will also try to stop Djokovic. It will be interesting to see if they fulfill the mighty task at hand.

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Do you think the next-generation players could deny the Serbian ace in New York? Or would it be Djokovic making history this year?

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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