WATCH: Frustrated Novak Djokovic Scares Ball Kid, Shatters Racquet During US Open 2021 Finals Against Daniil Medvedev

Published 09/12/2021, 5:37 PM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia smashes his racket after losing a point to Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the second set of 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


After a captivating all-teen battle in the women’s singles final yesterday, Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York braced itself to host one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament involving twenty-time major champion Novak Djokovic and number two seed Daniil Medvedev.

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Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a shot against Daniil Medvedev of Russia 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

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As both the players entered the stadium, Djokovic was received with a huge wave of applause followed by the Russian. Considering the head-to-head record between the two, the Serbian is a clear favorite. Recently, Djokovic thrashed Medvedev in straight sets in the Australian Open final.

Novak Djokovic breaks racquet in the second set against Daniil Medvedev in US Open finals

The world number one had a similar pattern to his wins during this fortnight at the US Open. He struggled in the first set and later bounced back to win matches. In a similar way today, the Serb lost his initial service game and allowed Medvedev to get a quick lead of 2-0.

Medvedev, being a busy customer on serve, served his way to win the first set, 6-4. Since the completion of the first set, Djokovic managed to put enough pressure on the Russian’s serve and secured a couple of break point opportunities.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a shot against Novak Djokovic of Serbia 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

But, the Russian held his serve tight and didn’t allow Djokovic to crawl back into the game. With his serve under pressure at 2-1 in the second, Medvedev was relentless in not allowing Djokovic to break.

After missing out a volley, Djokovic almost tried breaking his racquet but withdrew his attempt as a ball kid ran trying to get hold of the ball.

After missing out the immediate return of serve, the world number one lost his cool and broke the racquet. It was received with some boos from the Arthur Ashe crowd who were rooting for Djokovic till then.

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At the moment, Daniil Medvedev is up by a set and break against the world number one in the US Open final.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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