US Open 2021 Finals ‘Exclusively’ Depended on Novak Djokovic Not Daniil Medvedev, Says Former Davis Cup Selector

Published 09/20/2021, 5:30 PM EDT
Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia reacts after winning a point against Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada (not pictured) on day twelve of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


In an interview with the Sputnik, tennis coach and former Davis Cup selector Goran Bubanj examined the US Open 2021 men’s singles final. He analyzed the essential aspects that led to the World Number 1, Novak Djokovic, losing the final.

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Goran Bubanj’s US Open 2021 final analysis

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) congratulates Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Goran Bubanj, the former president of the Belgrade Tennis Association analyzed the highlights from the US Open finals. The tennis veteran believes that although Daniil Medvedev had less challenging opponents until the finals, it would have been really difficult for him to face the world number one.

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There was also a fortuitous event. Daniil Medvedev had a fully open draw with objectively less challenges, but that is no reason to believe that the more rested will do better in the final. Quite often, it’s the opposite way around. The whole final did not depend on Medvedev, but exclusively on Novak”, Goran Bubanj said in conversation with Sputnik.

Bubanj added, “If we talk about the details, there are two that decided the entire course of that final, and that’s why it ended the way it did,” Bubanj. “It was the first game in which everything was seen. When Novak served, he had 40:15, one point was a double fault, and Medvedev ordered three unforced errors.

Goran Bubanj applauded Daniil Medvedev’s tactics against Novak Djokovic

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Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates with the championship trophy after his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

According to Goran Bubanj, Daniil Medvedev implemented the strategies at the correct time. He emphasized how the Russian remained patient over the lengthier rallies, forcing Novak Djokovic to push harder.

“Daniil Medvedev is partly to credit for the final result,” Bubanj said. “He had tactics. He put everything on his serve, and there is no game for Novak. Novak Djokovic’s serves were not up-to the mark”.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at Essentially Sports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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