The way in which Daniil Medvedev performed within the US Open ultimate, you surprise if he would possibly emerge as kingmaker within the battle between the ‘Massive Three’ to win most Grand Slam titles.
The Russian has a zany facet — witness his hilarious FIFA pc recreation ‘useless fish’ celebration after beating Novak Djokovic — however is a massively formidable participant who appears 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 another main title to cross the presently incapacitated Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Daniel Medvedev stated ending Novak Djokovic’s hopes of historical past made his win sweeter
Surprisingly, it appeared that Djokovic walked on court docket nearly accepting his destiny in what he had billed as the largest match of his life.
His response was considered one of resignation later, when requested how he felt about simply lacking out on all 4 Slams of 2021. ‘Reduction,’ replied Djokovic. ‘I used to be glad it was over as a result of the build-up for this match and all the things that mentally, emotionally I needed to cope with was so much to deal with.’
Medvedev appeared to have relished his position because the spoiler, and he will probably be a severe menace to Djokovic’s traditional dominance of the Australian Open.
‘Understanding that I beat any person who was 27-0 in a yr in Grand Slams, going for enormous historical past, realizing that I managed to cease him positively makes it sweeter,’ he stated.
Djokovic (left) would have held all 4 Grand Slams had he managed to safe victory
The race between Djokovic and Nadal is an interesting prospect for subsequent yr as they stand at 20-all with Federer.
The Spaniard might nonetheless have at the very least another French Open in him, whereas Djokovic is so good in Australia that in January he’ll search his tenth title there.
But with Medvedev now having received that tough first title, he’s going to be a stronger menace in Melbourne, on the exhausting courts which go well with him higher than clay or grass.
Djokovic was left conceding that the ‘altering of the guard’ is already going down.
‘The transition was inevitable,’ he stated. ‘The older guys are nonetheless hanging on. We’re nonetheless making an attempt to shine the sunshine on the tennis world as a lot as we will.
‘I nonetheless wish to maintain going, attempt to win extra Slams, play for my nation. These are the issues that inspire me probably the most.
‘However the brand new technology is established. After all they’re going to take over. Tennis is in good arms as a result of they’re all good guys and really, very high-quality gamers.’
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