ATP US Open: Novak Djokovic loses opening set to Daniil Medvedev

Novak Djokovic will have to overcome the opening set deficit for the fifth straight match at the US Open (!) if he wants to secure the 21st Major crown and win a calendar Grand Slam. In the title clash between two world’s finest players, Daniil Medvedev leads against the Serb 6-4, earning an early break and serving great to kick off the action in style. The Russian fired eight aces and dropped only three points behind the initial shot, offering no chances to Djokovic and doing everything right to wrap up the first part of the clash. Losing the Australian Open final to Novak in February, Daniil knows what he has to do to win this final, and it’s all good for him at the moment, defending superbly and using every opportunity to change the pace and impose his strokes.

Djokovic will have to raise his level and overpower the most dangerous rival in his quest towards tennis glory, wanting that 21st Major crown badly and preparing to leave whatever it takes on the court to emerge at the top and claim the fourth Major of the season. Novak kicked off his historic quest with a service winner and moved 40-15 in front before Daniil claimed four straight points to grab an early break following the Serb’s forehand error. Pumped and motivated, the Russian held at 15 in the second game thanks to the Serb’s backhand error, looking good so far and hoping for more in the rest of the set.

Novak Djokovic trails 6-4 to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.

Djokovic was yet to find his A-game, facing two break chances in the third game and saving them with winners to take the danger away. Novak closed the game with an ace down the T line to get his name on the scoreboard and start his chase. Firing from all cylinders so far, Medvedev fired a forehand down the line winner in the fourth game for a hold at love and a 3-1 lead. Returners barely lost a point in the next five service games, with Medvedev standing in front until game ten when he served to wrap up the opener. Ice cold, the Russian held at 15 with an ace to secure the opener in 36 minutes and move two steps away from a Major glory.