09/13/2021 at 12:56 AM CEST
It could not be. TO Djokovic the Golden Slam in Tokyo and Flushing Meadows slipped from his grasp, with Medvedev as a rival, he also lost the opportunity to emulate Rod Laver by achieving victory in the big four in the same season.
Nor will it be able to outperform the other two components of the ‘Big Three’ in number of Grand Slams, and at least this season, all three will tie at 20.
Djokovic He was on his way to close an almost perfect season but ran into a Daniil to whom the US Open owed a night like yesterday. The Muscovite had fallen in the 2019 final in that epic duel against Rafael Nadal. He also fell in the semifinals in 2020. In 2021 he did not want to miss the opportunity. With a near perfect walk, he closed out the tournament in champion mode, defeating Nole, the number one in three sleeves (6-4, 6-4 and 6-2) and just over two hours. The never seen.
A triumph with which, in addition, the revenge of that beginning of the year was claimed, when Djokovic beat him in the final of the Australian Open. It was the third final in a great for the Russian and this time yes, the saying became good, the third time is the charm.
The Russian got an early break at the start of the match that deconcentrated Novak. Far from getting better, things got worse, so much so that Djokovic He did his thing and left his racket completely shattered in a fit of anger, the kind that sometimes characterize the Serbian.
When everything seemed already sentenced, with Nole totally out of the game, with a 2-5 on the scoreboard, that’s where the break came. The one that still gave the party some life. The first service that yielded Daniil in the game, at a bad time and committing a double fault.
The public surrendered to the Serbian, even booing Medvedev, preventing him from serving with the match point and the tension was palpable on the court, making Djokovic even cry, sitting on his bench after getting that break from the Russian. He does not go anymore.
The chair umpire was shaking his head. The public went about their business, increasing the pressure. Medvedev also but the tension was growing. Double fault. But there was still one chance and he took it Daniil. Victoria and to the ground without being able to believe her feat. One last gesture, that of giving his wristband to the public that from the beginning went against him. Champion gesture. The one of Novak hugging him on the net, too. Tennis lesson.