CALENDAR SLAM DENIED! Daniil Medvedev Snaps Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam Winning Streak at US Open 2021

Published 09/12/2021, 6:44 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


It was the final of the US Open 2021 and we had World No. 1 Novak Djokovic take on World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev. It was their second meeting in a Grand Slam event this season, having competed in Melbourne at the beginning of the season in the Australian Open final. Today, Medvedev won the match 6-4 6-4 6-4. 

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Set 1: Daniil Medvedev maintains composure 

As the match began, it was Daniil Medvedev who looked stronger. In the first game of the match, he managed to break Novak Djokovic. After getting the early break, Russian maintained his composure and saw himself through the set. In the end, it took him 37 minutes to draw the first blood in the final, winning the set 6-4. 

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Sep 10, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a backhand 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

Set 2: Novak Djokovic fails to match up with the Russian star 

In the following set, the Serb put up a fight. However, in the fifth game of the second set, he was broken for the second time in the match.

Until now, Daniil was not troubled about his service games. After close to an hour, it was Medvedev who inched closer to the title by winning the set 6-4. 

Set 3: Daniil Medvedev creates history

For the first time in the tournament, Djokovic lost the opening two sets of the match. Watching him play today was not the Novak we have seen the entire season.

To make matters worse, the Serb was broken in the first two service games. As time was passing by, Djokovic looked bleak. The match was clearly slipping away from him. After 46 minutes into the set, Medvedev won the set 6-4.

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Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts after smashing his racket in the second set of the match 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

With this win, Daniil Medvedev stopped Djokovic from winning his 21st Grand Slam title. Last year it was Thiem and this year it is the big Russian who has opened his account in the Grand Slam tally. We wish him the very best for the future. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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