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No.-2 ranked Daniil Medvedev defeated No.-1 Novak Djokovic to secure the Men’s Singles Championship at the 2021 US Open. The Russian won three straight sets to close out the tournament at Arthur Ashe on Sunday.
Djokovic sought his fourth tournament win of 2021 after winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. A win at the US Open on Sunday would’ve made Djokovic the first player in 52 years to go 4-for-4 in a single season.
Medvedev won the three sets: 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. The new US Open champ earned 20-of-23 service points — including 16 aces. Medvedev consistently forced Djokovic to hit high, despite the Serbian’s attempts to sneak low, cornered scores against the Russian.
The post-match trophy ceremony showed an emotional Djokovic taking in the crowd’s praise and the missed opportunity of making history as the second player ever to earn the coveted Grand Slam title (Rod Laver).
Djokovic’s emotions were also on display during the match. In the second set, he made an error that he just couldn’t seem to shake. He was so rattled by it that the Djoker repeatedly bashed his racket against the court.
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