ATP US Open: Daniil Medvedev downs Novak Djokovic for first Major crown

World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev claimed the first Major title in New York, beating the 20-time Major winner Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours and 15 minutes after a superb performance. Eager to make one further step than in his previous two Major finals, Medvedev overpowered Djokovic in every segment and stole a calendar Grand Slam out from Djokovic’s hands. Novak lost the opening set for the fifth straight match in New York this year, and this time there was no way back for him against such a strong rival, wasting his opportunities at the beginning of the second set and scoring his only break when Daniil was already miles in front. The Russian hit 38 winners and 31 unforced errors to control the pace and leave the Serb behind him, producing bold and aggressive tennis and outplaying Novak on both serve and return for a career-best win and the first Major crown on his tally.

Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the US Open final.

Medvedev claimed the opening two sets with a single break and earned two in the third to cross the finish line and become one of the tennis immortals. Daniil barely lost a point on serve in the opener and grabbed a break in the first game for an instant lead. Controlling his games superbly, Medvedev held in game ten for 6-4 and a boost ahead of set number two. Djokovic wasted five break points at the beginning of the second set, and he needed one of those badly if he wanted to get back on track. Instead, Daniil broke him at 2-2 and produced three fine holds to move 6-4, 6-4 ahead and closer to the finish line.

With nothing working his way, Djokovic experienced breaks in games one and three in the third set to find himself 4-0 down and miles away from the finish line. Making one last push, Djokovic saved a match point in the eighth game and scored his first break to reduce the deficit and at least extend his chances. Novak held in game nine to move 4-5 behind before Daniil sealed the deal with a hold at 30, seizing the third match points and becoming a Major champion.