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US Open: Medvedev came out very determined on the court, says Djokovic

World No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic praised Daniil Medvedev for coming into the final of the US Open with a "lot of clarity" and "executing" the plans perfectly in the summit clash

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Daniil Medvedev
Daniil Medvedev with his US Open trophy

World No. 1 player praised Daniil Medvedev for coming into the final of the with a "lot of clarity" and "executing" the plans perfectly in the summit clash.

Medvedev scripted history as he won his first major title with an outstanding 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Djokovic on Sunday (local time).

"He came out very determined on the court. You could feel that he was just at highest of his abilities in every shot. He had a lot of clarity what he needs to do tactically. He has executed it perfectly," the website quoted Djokovic as saying after the match.

Medvedev also stopped the Serbian star from achieving a historical milestone of becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win all four majors in one season.

The 34-year-old Djokovic, seeking his 21st major title in his 31st Grand Slam final appearance, had opened windows for himself in the second set, but Medvedev slammed them shut, as he saved five break points in the first two games to stay on serve, before breaking critically for 3-2.

"Tonight, even though I have not won the match, my heart is filled with joy because you made me feel very special. You guys touched my soulI've never felt like this in New York," Djokovic said.

Medvedev, the No. 2 seed delivered a performance for the ages, as he clinched every opportunity to notch a stirring 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win en route to his maiden Grand Slam title.

Medvedev has now become the third Russian man to win a Grand Slam singles title, and the second to claim the title.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, September 13 2021. 09:50 IST