“You Could See the Tension”: Dominic Thiem Opens Up on US Open 2021 Final Between Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic

Published 09/14/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Daniil Medvedev of Russia and Dominic Thiem of Austria tap rackets at centercourt after Thiem won their Men’s Singles semifinal match on Day Twelve of the 2020 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev is in sensational form at the moment. Whenever the tennis shifts towards the hard-court season in the North American region, he seems to move into fifth gear. Medvedev won the Toronto Masters last month and capped his year with the US Open 2021 on Sunday. 

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Recently, Daniil Medvedev was praised by Dominic Thiem for winning his first Grand Slam title. The Russian powerhouse left no stone unturned when he beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open on Sunday. Nole had dominated the conversations and the narrative as he was one step from a historic Calendar Slam, but Medvedev produced a sensational performance and toppled the giant in straight sets, 6-4 6-4 6-4. 

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

The 2020 US Open champion stated, “Medvedev didn’t care about all that. He played sensationally from the beginning to the end, didn’t do anything stupid the whole match, and on top of that, he shot winners right and left. In addition, he served really well against the best return player. On the other hand, you could see the tension Novak Djokovic was under – especially at the last exchange, where he was in tears.

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Daniil Medvedev redeemed his season 

In the first Grand Slam of the year, Daniil reached the final and faced Djokovic. The Serbian emerged victorious as he won the match in straight sets. When he got his shot at redemption, however, the Russian grabbed it with both hands and returned the favour to the World Number 1. 

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) is overcome with emotion during an interview with ESPN hist Chris McKendry (R) during the trophy ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (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: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

With this win on Sunday, he has opened his Grand Slam tally. With the way his game has improved with each passing season, one can imagine it to be the first of many. We wish him the best in 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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