Daniil Medvedev produced a display of majesty and power to win his first Grand Slam title, ending Novak Djokovic’s bid for a calendar-year Grand Slam in a one-sided US Open final on Sunday.
Russian second seed Medvedev, 25 won 6-4 6-4 6-4 to stop Djokovic from becoming the first male player in 52 years to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year.
It was revenge for the Russian who had lost this year’s Australian Open final to Djokovic and Medvedev finally leaves Flushing Meadows with the title having lost the final in 2018 to Rafael Nadal.
For World number one Djokovic, it was an agonising end to the year after he missed out on on what he said would be the “greatest achievement” of his career by adding the US Open title to the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles he had won this year.
The 34-year-old Serb was also chasing a record 21st Grand Slam men’s title.
Victory would have moved him clear of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the battle to finish with the most men’s majors.
Perhaps the weight of history contributed to a subdued and uncharacteristic error-strewn display by Djokovic but Medvedev was simply unplayable at times and was full value for his win.
He showed signs of nerves when he double faulted three times as he attempted to serve out for the title, helping Djokovic nick back a break for 5-3.
Medvedev was able to compose himself to take his third championship point in his next service game, theatrically collapsing on the court afterwards.
“I want to thank my team, those who are here and watching. My parents, my family, my sisters. Some of my friends are here too,” said Medvedev.
“Thank you guys because it is not an easy journey to win a Slam. I’m really thankful to you for helping me throughout this journey.”
“Even though I haven’t won the match I am the happiest man alive because you guys made me very special on the court,” an emotional Djokovic said.
“You guys touched my soul. I’ve never felt like this in New York. Thank you for your support. I love you.”