‘Knowing I beat somebody going for big historical past made it sweeter’: Daniil Medvedev revels in the role of party pooper after ending Novak Djokovic’s hopes of a Calendar Grand Slam
- Daniel Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic in the ultimate of the US Open on Sunday
- The Russian was dominant as he beat the Serb in straight units (6-4, 6-4, 6-4)
- Djokovic would have held all 4 Grand Slams directly had he be victorious
The approach Daniil Medvedev performed in the US Open ultimate, you surprise if he would possibly emerge as kingmaker in the battle between the ‘Big Three’ to win most Grand Slam titles.
The Russian has a zany facet — witness his hilarious FIFA pc sport ‘useless fish’ celebration after beating Novak Djokovic — however is a massively formidable participant who seems to be like the subsequent world No 1.
His 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory was so dominant that inevitably the query will come up whether or not he might cease the Serb in his tracks. Djokovic wants yet another main title to go the at present incapacitated Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Daniel Medvedev mentioned ending Novak Djokovic’s hopes of historical past made his win sweeter
Strangely, it appeared that Djokovic walked on court docket virtually accepting his destiny in what he had billed as the most important match of his life.
His response was one of resignation later, when requested how he felt about simply lacking out on all 4 Slams of 2021. ‘Relief,’ replied Djokovic. ‘I used to be glad it was over as a result of the build-up for this event and the whole lot that mentally, emotionally I needed to cope with was loads to deal with.’
Medvedev appeared to have relished his role because the spoiler, and he can be a critical menace to Djokovic’s traditional dominance of the Australian Open.
‘Knowing that I beat anyone who was 27-0 in a 12 months in Grand Slams, going for big historical past, understanding that I managed to cease him undoubtedly makes it sweeter,’ he mentioned.
Djokovic (left) would have held all 4 Grand Slams had he managed to safe victory
The race between Djokovic and Nadal is a captivating prospect for subsequent 12 months as they stand at 20-all with Federer.
The Spaniard might nonetheless have at the very least yet another French Open in him, whereas Djokovic is so good in Australia that in January he’ll search his tenth title there.
Yet with Medvedev now having gained that troublesome first title, he’s going to be a stronger menace in Melbourne, on the laborious courts which go well with him higher than clay or grass.
Djokovic was left conceding that the ‘altering of the guard’ is already happening.
‘The transition was inevitable,’ he mentioned. ‘The older guys are nonetheless hanging on. We’re nonetheless attempting to shine the sunshine on the tennis world as a lot as we are able to.
‘I nonetheless need to hold going, attempt to win extra Slams, play for my nation. Those are the issues that inspire me probably the most.
‘But the brand new era is established. Of course they’ll take over. Tennis is in good arms as a result of they’re all good guys and really, very high-quality gamers.’