With 81 wins and nine finals, Novak Djokovic is one of the most decorated players at the US Open. Novak’s first Major final came in New York in 2007, and he has stayed competitive for 14 years, reaching another title match last Sunday. Djokovic lost it to Daniil Medvedev to earn a negative Major record and become the first player with six losses in the final of a single Major in the Open era. Novak has won three out of nine US Open finals over the years, suffering too many defeats in the decisive battles and leaving Ivan Lendl (five US Open final losses) and Andy Murray (five Australian Open final defeats) behind. In 2007, 2010 and 2012, Novak finished runner-up in New York behind Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray before losing another title clash against the Spaniard in 2013. Stan Wawrinka halted Novak in 2016, and Daniil Medvedev delivered Novak’s sixth US Open final loss on Sunday, preventing the Serb from securing the record-breaking 21st Major crown and achieving a calendar Grand Slam!
Daniil beat Novak 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his first Major crown, controlling the result from start to finish to become a deserved champion. Djokovic lost the opening set in four straight matches before the final, overcoming that deficit but standing powerless against the Russian in one of the most important matches of his career. The Russian hit 38 winners and 31 unforced errors to 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. Medvedev claimed the opening two sets with a single break and earned two in the third to cross the finish line and become tennis immortal. Daniil barely lost a point on serve in the opener and grabbed a break in the first game for an instant lead.
Novak Djokovic has lost six US Open finals since 2007.
Managing his games superbly, Medvedev held in game ten for 6-4 and a boost ahead of set number two. Djokovic wasted five break chances 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 forge a 6-4, 6-4 advantage and move 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 desired title. Making one last push, Novak saved a match point in the eighth game and scored his first break to reduce the deficit and extend his chances. The Serb held in game nine to move 4-5 behind before Daniil sealed the deal with a hold at 30 a few minutes later, seizing the third match point and lifting the first Major trophy at 25.