Novak Djokovic's failed Grand Slam try is stark sports reminder

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New York Post 12 September, 2021 - 09:17pm

Has Medvedev beaten Djokovic?

It was not enough. With a startling display of power and creativity, Daniil Medvedev upset Djokovic, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, in the final of the U.S. Open on Sunday, ending Djokovic's bid to become the first man in 52 years to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in a calendar year. The New York TimesHow Medvedev Beat Djokovic to Win the U.S. Open

What is a calendar Grand Slam?

The Grand Slam or the Calendar Slam is the achievement of winning all four major championships (The Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open) in one discipline in the same calendar year. The Indian ExpressWhat the Calendar Slam means as Novak Djokovic stands on the precipice of history

Who won the US Open men's final 2021?

US Open 2021 Final Highlights: Daniil Medvedev wins his first Grand Slam in style, ending top-ranked Novak Djokovic's bid for a calendar slam with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win in the men's singles final. The Indian ExpressUS Open 2021: Medvedev wins first major, beats Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in final

Why did Djokovic lose US Open?

Novak Djokovic loses temper, smashes racket again in U.S. Open loss to Daniil Medvedev. ... Djokovic was docked a racket abuse warning after the forehand swing. Djokovic was also seen angered after hitting the ball into the net earlier in the set. oregonlive.comNovak Djokovic loses temper, smashes racket again in U.S. Open loss to Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev wins US Open in straight sets, denies Novak Djokovic history

Yahoo Sports 13 September, 2021 - 08:50am

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Medvedev was simply better than Djokovic, winning his very first US Open (and Grand Slam) 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Djokovic had history on the line — the fourth calendar year Slam ever and his record 21st Grand Slam title — but after a punishing tournament, three more sets were just too many. 

Medvedev started off strong out of the gate, winning three of the first four games. Facing a two-game deficit, Djokovic started changing it up. He went to the net more often, catching Medvedev off guard and forcing him to make errors. But Medvedev's serve was really working for him, and he won the first set 6-4 in just 36 minutes.

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 12, 2021

With Djokovic down a set, everyone was wondering: is he in real trouble here, at the worst time possible?

Normally, the answer would be "of course not." We've seen this from Djokovic time and time again — he falls behind early, then comes roaring back in the second set. This was the fifth consecutive match in which Djokovic had fallen one set behind, and once again he started the second set like his pants were on fire.

But he couldn't keep up the intensity. Medvedev tied it at two games each and then pretty much didn't look back. Djokovic got so frustrated at one point that he smashed his racket on the ground, then shortly after let Medvedev win three straight games. He rebounded and ended up winning four games, but Medvedev again took the set. 

Djokovic was noticeably frustrated during the second set at the #USOpen pic.twitter.com/K2vh7mC3Lp

— ESPN (@espn) September 12, 2021

Everything is coming up Medvedev. pic.twitter.com/gTNbhfJTpH

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 12, 2021

Medvedev just seemed unstoppable. For a few minutes, it looked like Djokovic was going to lose the third and final set without winning a single game. He managed to find his way out of that particular hole, even breaking Medvedev to deny him the win and get himself closer to even at 5-3.

The crowd had firmly been on Djokovic's side the entire match, but when he was down late in the third set, they really got loud, encouraging him to make a comeback. It helped. After breaking Medvedev, he won the service game to bring himself within one game of tying the set. Djokovic just wouldn't go down, and if he was, he was going to go down swinging. 

He tried to rebound, but the deficit was too large. After double faulting on the championship point, he sealed the deal and fell down onto the court in happiness and exhaustion. Medvedev beat Djokovic when it mattered most, and now he's got his very first Grand Slam title.

A simply stunning performance from @DaniilMedwed pic.twitter.com/0sF1r2CiNg

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 12, 2021

Djokovic knew what had been lost. He knew how much history was on the line, and he couldn't pretend it didn't matter to him. He very sincerely congratulated Medvedev at the net when the match was over, but burst into tears underneath his towel when he was sitting in his chair. 

He continued to be emotional during the trophy ceremony, unable to stop the pent up feelings of a long year of hard work. The crowd, which was behind him the entire match, let out their loudest roars as he was accepting his runner-up trophy, unfurling their Djokovic posters and banners and letting him know that his loss on Sunday doesn't change his legacy. 

All love for the legend, @DjokerNole 👏 pic.twitter.com/g2JE8fCVM4

— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 12, 2021

Both Medvedev and Djokovic praised each other extensively during their post match speeches. They made it clear to everyone that there were no hard feelings between them, despite everything that was on the line during the match. 

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US Open: Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic in men's final

CNN 13 September, 2021 - 08:50am

Updated 6:37 AM ET, Mon September 13, 2021

CNN's Homero De La Fuente contributed to this report.

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James Corden enjoys a Honey Deuce cocktail as he watches the U.S. Open men's final

Daily Mail 13 September, 2021 - 08:50am

By Charlotte Dean For Mailonline

British tennis player Emma Raducanu screamed to victory during the women's final at the U.S. Open on Saturday.

And the following day, James Corden was spotted at the annual sporting event, watching Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic in the men's final on Sunday.

The Late Late Show star, 43, could be seen sat courtside enjoying a Honey Deuce cocktail, which has become synonymous with the tennis tournament. 

Game on! James Corden was spotted at the annual sporting event, watching Daniil Medvedev play Novak Djokovic in the men's final on Sunday

The cocktail is a mixture of Grey Goose and Chambord and is topped with frozen honeydew melon balls for garnish, which James could be seen tucking into.

James - who was in attendance with his wife Julia Carey - appeared in high spirits as he chatted to a member of staff on the court during a break.

Julia, 42, looked chic in a navy and white polka dot dress, while she wore her blonde locks tied back and sported a pair of black sunglasses. 

Chatty: The Late Late Show star, 43, could be seen sat courtside enjoying a Honey Deuce cocktail, which has become synonymous with the tennis tournament

Meanwhile, the British funnyman looked smart in a short-sleeved navy polo shirt, as he completemented his wife's chic look.

Daniil Medvedev eventually took the win after three sets, beating one of the 'Big Three' Novak Djokovic in a sensational final.

Towards the end of the match,  Djokovic grew tearful and sobbed into his towel as they changed ends ahead of the 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 defeat. 

Medvedev's win follows Raducanu's Saturday night victory - as she achieved one of Britain's greatest sporting triumphs, winning the US Open in a thrilling final to become the country's first female Grand Slam champion in 44 years.

The 18-year-old from Kent fell to the ground and put her hands over her face after beating 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez, 6-4, 6-3, in front of an enthralled Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.

Raducanu, who was sitting her A-levels earlier this year, became the first Brit to win a major since Virginia Wade at Wimbledon in 1977 and is the first qualifier to triumph in a Grand Slam, in either the men's or women's game.

Smashed it! Daniil Medvedev eventually took the win after three sets, beating one of the 'Big Three' Novak Djokovic in a sensational final

Golden girl: Medvedev's win follows Raducanu's Saturday night victory - as she achieved one of Britain's greatest sporting triumphs

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