“Sting Like a Scorpion”: Zverev’s Brother Details Daniil Medvedev’s Game Plan During US Open 2021 Final

Published 09/22/2021, 7:00 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, 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: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


World No. 2 and star player Daniil Medvedev has been in the form of his life in recent weeks. The 25-year-old player managed to do the impossible, halting Novak Djokovic from winning his 21st Grand Slam title. In doing so, he became the proud winner of the final Grand Slam event of the season, the US Open 2021.

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Recently, German tennis player Mischa Zverev spoke on the US Open final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. He felt the Russian came into the match with some great tactics. He used his backhand to slow the pace down and then used his hammer-like forehand to put the Serb on the backfoot. 

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The 34-year-old player stated, “Medvedev came out and really tried to slow down the game with his backhand and then sting like a scorpion with his forehand. So, he had a game plan and did really, really well. He was so focused and determined and his game plan worked out perfectly, Novak wasn’t sure what to do.”

Daniil Medvedev faced Novak Djokovic twice this season

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Reflecting on Daniil’s season, he began competing in Melbourne and came to the final before going to the World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. At the French Open, he had his best run as he managed to reach the quarterfinal. In the past, he has never managed to win a main draw match at Roland Garros. 

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) talks with Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) during the trophy presentation 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

Next up at the Wimbledon Championships, he made it to the fourth round before losing out to Hubert Hurkacz. The clay and grass are his less preferred surfaces. Once the tennis shifted towards the North American region, he began playing some exceptional tennis. 

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He won the ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal. At the US Open, he displayed some sensational tennis and with each match going by, he was the man to beat. Eventually, he won his first Grand Slam title in New York. 

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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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