For 27 Grand Slam fits in 2021, on exhausting courts, clay courts and grass, Djokovic may just no longer be deterred, may just no longer be overwhelmed. Desiring another victory, within the U.S. Open ultimate Sunday in opposition to Daniil Medvedev, to finish a season sweep of primary titles and to assert the checklist 21st of his occupation, Djokovic may just no longer come thru.
Outplayed by way of any person the use of a identical taste to his personal, Djokovic got here up simply wanting the ones two historical milestones, shedding 6-Four, 6-Four, 6-Four to first-time primary champion Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic have been elegant on the game’s 4 maximum essential tournaments, enduring the burdens of expectancies and force over the last seven months and, in New York, the previous two weeks.
He beat Medvedev within the Australian Open ultimate in February, then added titles on the French Open in June and Wimbledon in July.
However Djokovic, a 34-year-old from Serbia, couldn’t get to 28-Zero. He merely used to be some distance from his easiest in this explicit day.
He made errors, 38 unforced mistakes in all. He wasn’t ready to transform a damage likelihood till it used to be too little, too overdue, going simply 1 for six. He confirmed frustration, too, destroying his racket by way of pounding it 3 times in opposition to the courtroom after one level, drawing boos from the group of 25,703 and a code violation from chair umpire Damien Dumusois.
Numerous Djokovic’s problems needed to do with the No. 2-ranked Medvedev, who used his 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) body to chase down the entirety and reply with apparently easy groundstrokes — a lot the best way Djokovic wears down foes — and delivered pinpoint serving. Medvedev received 20 of his first 23 carrier issues, organising a trend.
He completed with 16 aces and 38 winners in all, 11 greater than Djokovic. After overcoming more than one double-faults on fit level, Medvedev in any case completed the activity, then toppled over to the courtroom on his aspect.
Djokovic reached his record-equaling 31st Grand Slam ultimate with six victories at the exhausting courts of Flushing Meadows. However he may just no longer rather get the remaining one he wanted.
He stays tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal with 20 primary titles.
And the remaining guy to finish a real Grand Slam by way of going Four for Four on the majors in one season stays Rod Laver, who did it two times — in 1962 and 1969 — and used to be within the stands Sunday. The remaining girl to perform the feat used to be Steffi Graf in 1988.
As an alternative, Djokovic joins Jack Crawford in 1933 and Lew Hoad in 1956 as males who received a yr’s first trio of Grand Slam tournaments and made it all of the strategy to the U.S. Open ultimate sooner than shedding.
Djokovic got here out just a little chilly Sunday, double-faulting in every of his preliminary two carrier video games and combining in sufficient groundstroke miscues — bowing his head or rolling his eyes after some — that 12 mins in, Medvedev used to be some extent from a 2d damage and a Three-Zero lead. Djokovic ultimately used a few aces at 117 mph and 124 mph to carry there, nevertheless it used to be Medvedev who stole the display within the early going.
This used to be the 5th consecutive fit during which Djokovic dropped the primary set — and 11th in Grand Slam play this yr — however in contrast to within the different circumstances, he may just no longer come again to win.
Djokovic were given to love-40 in Medvedev’s first carrier recreation of the second one set however didn’t come thru on any of the ones damage issues. At the 3rd, Djokovic put a sliced backhand within the internet, then pounded his racket in opposition to his left thigh — one, two, 3, 4 occasions, in all probability as disillusioned in his footwork as the rest.
1000’s within the target market attempted to spice up him by way of chanting his nickname, “No-le! No-le! No-le!” After a few of Medvedev’s faults, some within the stands would applaud, regarded as deficient shape in tennis and again and again admonished with a “please” from Dumusois.
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