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Novak Djokovic 4-6, 2-*1 Daniil Medvedev: We are witnessing potential game-changing moments here. Medvedev facing a break point, misses the first serve but an umpiring reset calls for a replay of the point and he ends up saving it with a lovely half volley. Back to deuce.
Novak Djokovic 4-6, 2-*1 Daniil Medvedev Not going Djokovic’s way yet but the rallies are getting longer on Medvedev’s serve, he is making service errors, there are fewer easy points. This is Djokovic’s territory now. At 40-40 in the fourth game. Huge points coming up, you feel, for Daniil.
Novak Djokovic 4-6, 2-*1 Daniil Medvedev: A break point for Medvedev now as he crunches a massive forehand winner and tries to get the crowd going (the crowd firmly in favour of Djokovic from what we have seen so far). Djokovic saves one and has a game point but we go to another deuce. A rather brilliant rally follows, and then Djokovic brings out a couple of Djokosmashes out to close out the game. That could be massive! We might have to remember this game, when we look back at the match later.
Novak Djokovic 4-6, 1-1 Daniil Medvedev: What a massive hold of serve (and nerve) that for Medvedev. You don’t often see Djokovic let of an opportunity (or three) like that. Huge for the Russian to not let Djokovic do his thing early in this second set.
Novak Djokovic 4-6, 1-0 Daniil Medvedev: Well here we go… solid service hold from Djokovic to start the second set and moments later he has three break points on Medvedev’s serve!
Novak Djokovic 4-6 Daniil Medvedev: Daniil Medvedev holds firm to take the first set 6-4 with the early break and some sensational serving. Lost just three points on serve in that entire first set. But it should be noted that Novak Djokovic dropped the first set in his last 4 matches, as well as the French Open & Wimbledon finals.
Novak Djokovic 4-*5 Daniil Medvedev: A brief window opens for Daniil at 30-30 as he puts himself 2 points away from the set but Djokovic closes it out and will make the Russian serve for the set. Around this time that Djokovic brings his A game.
Novak Djokovic 3*-5 Daniil Medvedev: Another gun service hold at love from Daniil.
Novak Djokovic 3-*4 Daniil Medvedev: And now both players hold their serves to 15. Quick points, quick games at the moment. Chants of Nole, Nole as Daniil gets ready to serve again.
Zenia D’Cunha: Djokovic has dropped the first set in his last 4 matches at #USOpen – against Nishikori, Brooksby, Berrettini & Zverev. He dropped the first set in Wimbledon & French Open finals as well. Not much to read into this early break & slow start, even if Medvedev takes the set.
Novak Djokovic 2-*3 Daniil Medvedev: Brilliant service games for Medvedev and Djokovic, holds at love. Both players in good serving zone at the moment, but Medvedev still holds that break.
Novak Djokovic 1-*2 Daniil Medvedev: Another double fault in that game and suddenly down 15-40, Djokovic plays his best points of the day so far. A lovely 1-2 punch the highlight, as he closes this game out to pick up the pace. He is up and running.
Djokovic facing break points again…
Novak Djokovic *0-2 Daniil Medvedev: And Medvedev consolidates the break of serve. A couple of big booming aces helping his case there.
Novak Djokovic 0-*1 Daniil Medvedev: Well, it seemed like Daniil was all sorts of tight in the first couple of points at least, but he forces deuce from 15-40 down and has a break point in the first game. It is suddenly Djokovic looking tight and a forehand error gives the Russian the first game and a headstart. We have seen Djokovic start slow in New York this time.
Novak Djokovic to serve… ready, play!
Calendar Grand Slams in tennis history
|1938||Don Budge||Men’s singles|
|1962, 1969||Rod Laver||Men’s singles|
|1953||Maureen Connolly||Women’s singles|
|1970||Margaret Court||Women’s singles|
|1988||Steffi Graf||Women’s singles|
Paths to the men’s final (x denotes seed):
Daniil Medvedev (RUS x2)
RD128: bt Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
RD64: bt Dominik Koepfer (GER) 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
RD32: bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-0, 6-4, 6-3
RD16: bt Daniel Evans (GBR x24) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
QF: bt Botic Van de Zandschulp (NED) 6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5
SF: bt Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN x12) 6-4, 7-5, 6-2
Paths to the men’s final (x denotes seed):
Novak Djokovic (SRB x1)
RD128: bt Holger Rune (DEN) 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-1
RD64: bt Tallon Griekspoor (NED) 6-2, 6-3, 6-2
RD32: bt Kei Nishikori (JPN) 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-2
RD16: bt Jenson Brooksby (USA) 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
QF: bt Matteo Berrettini (ITA x6) 5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
SF: bt Alexander Zverev (GER x4) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
STAT: Djokovic is hoping to join Rod Laver (1962, 1969) and Don Budge (1938) as 3rd player to clinch men’s singles calendar Grand Slam. He would be 1st with titles on 3 different surfaces. (via ATP media)
Djokovic’s first opponent in a Grand Slam final in 2021: Medvedev
Djokovic’s last opponent in a Grand Slam final in 2021: Medvedev
Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 5-3
2017 Davis Cup (SRB) Hard RR Djokovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, 1-0, retired
2017 Eastbourne Grass SF Djokovic 6-4, 6-4
2019 Australian Open Hard R16 Djokovic 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 6-3
2019 Monte Carlo Clay QF Medvedev 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2019 Cincinnati Hard SF Medvedev 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
2020 ATP Cup (AUS) Hard RR Djokovic 6-1, 5-7, 6-4
2020 ATP Finals (GBR) Hard RR Medvedev 6-3, 6-3
2021 Australian Open Hard F Djokovic 7-5, 6-2, 6-2
01.00 am: Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the US Open 2021 men’s singles final. We could all be witness to a piece magnificent sporting history in the next few hours.
Novak Djokovic will attempt to win the first calendar-year men’s singles Grand Slam since 1969 in Sunday’s US Open final and in the process go clear of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic will try to complete the first sweep of US, Australian and French Open and Wimbledon titles in the same year since Australian legend Rod Laver managed the feat 52 years ago.
There is so much attention on the potential Calendar Grand Slam that feels almost as if potential No 21 is going under the radar. Guess that is understandable also due to the fact that No 21 is pretty much inevitable but Calendar Grand Slam is more once-in-a-lifetime.
Of course, it is not going to be easy (at least on paper). The 34-year-old Serbian world number one faces Russia’s second-ranked Daniil Medvedev at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the biggest match of a career that has brought him 20 Slam trophies.