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Medvedev ends Djokovic’s dream with straight-sets win

Russian second seed, Daniil Medvedev has won his first-ever grand slam title, after defeating world number one, Novak Djokovic in three straight sets at the US Open at Flushing Meadows on Sunday.

Djokovic had a poor start in the game, losing his first serve, as Medvedev had an early 2-0 lead in the first set. He rallied back but it was the Russian, who won the first set 6-4.

The second set started differently as both players won their first two serves, but the Serbian dropped the third serve and Medvedev capitalized on that, and just like the first set, he ended up winning the second set 6-4.

The 25-year-old Russian was determined to win the game, and he had a near-perfect start to the third set, racing to a 5-0 lead over the Serbian, who fought back to win four points, but the Australian Open finalist did the needful, and he won the third straight set 6-4, winning his first grand slam.

Djokovic’s dream of winning the calendar slam – winning all the four grand slams in the same calendar year – ended with the loss, and he missed the chance to become the first man to win 21 grand slam titles, as he remained tied with Rodger Federer and Rafael Nadal on 20.

After a prolonged ovation that again brings a smile and some tears, Djokovic said: “I would like to start off by saying congratulations to Daniil. Amazing, amazing match. If there is anyone that deserves a grand slam title right now, it is you. … I wish you many more grand slams and many more majors to follow.”

Looking at the crowd and support, he then added: “My heart is filled with joy and I’m the happiest man alive because you guys made me feel very special on the court.”

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