US Open 2021 men's final - Will Novak Djokovic complete the Grand Slam and beat Daniil Medvedev?

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Where is the US Open Tennis 2021?

The 2021 US Open tennis tournament began on August 30 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. Following a series of matches and elimination rounds, the singles finals will be held on September 11 and 12 to determine this year's champions. Business InsiderHow to Watch the US Open 2021: schedules, times, channels, and apps

Has Medvedev beaten Djokovic?

Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev head-to-head record The two US Open men's finalists have faced each other eight times on the ATP Tour, with Djokovic winning five to Medvedev's three. Their most recent encounter came at the 2021 Australian Open final, where Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev in straight sets. olympics.comNovak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev, watch US Open 2021 men’s singles final live streaming and telecast in India

Who won semi final US Open?

US Open 2021 Men's Semi-Final Highlights: Daniil Medvedev advanced to his second Grand Slam final of the year after beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in the US Open men's singles semi-finals at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York on Saturday. The Indian ExpressUS Open 2021 Men’s Semi-Final Highlights: Medvedev into second New York final

Cristiano Ronaldo Gave The Manchester United Team A "Speech" Last Night Before They Thrashed Newcastle

The New York Times 11 September, 2021 - 12:26pm

Speaking after The Red Devils' thumping 4-1 win, the Norwegian told MUTV that the 36 year old gave a 'little speech to the boys' at the team hotel less than 24 hours before they stepped out at Old Trafford.

:speaking_head: Solskjær: "Ronaldo did a speech to the boys last night. It's just perfect for him, you see what he's about, sensing the movement, smelling the danger. But he's also evolved into a proper team player." [MUTV]

And by God did the speech work, with Ronaldo netting twice in the comprehensive victory alongside stunning efforts from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard.

Ronaldo's two strikes sent Old Trafford into absolute delirium, with his mother pictured looking emotional as the Portuguese hero enjoyed the perfect start to life back in red.

"For me, it has always been a magical place where you can achieve everything you set your mind to."

His manager was full of praise for his performance after the match and commended the forward's instincts in the penalty area.

"He deserves it," Solskjær replied when asked about the amazing welcome Ronaldo received. "For what he's done for this club and for what he's done in his career.

It's never easy after international breaks. It's never easy with expectations, you know Cristiano coming back and you have a team you have to break down. I thought we were patient enough and did well."

United fans will get the chance to see their new number 7 again in a few days' time when they travel to Young Boys for their opening clash of this year's Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo Gave The Manchester United Team A "Speech" Last Night Before They Thrashed Newcastle

Reuters 11 September, 2021 - 12:26pm

Speaking after The Red Devils' thumping 4-1 win, the Norwegian told MUTV that the 36 year old gave a 'little speech to the boys' at the team hotel less than 24 hours before they stepped out at Old Trafford.

:speaking_head: Solskjær: "Ronaldo did a speech to the boys last night. It's just perfect for him, you see what he's about, sensing the movement, smelling the danger. But he's also evolved into a proper team player." [MUTV]

And by God did the speech work, with Ronaldo netting twice in the comprehensive victory alongside stunning efforts from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard.

Ronaldo's two strikes sent Old Trafford into absolute delirium, with his mother pictured looking emotional as the Portuguese hero enjoyed the perfect start to life back in red.

"For me, it has always been a magical place where you can achieve everything you set your mind to."

His manager was full of praise for his performance after the match and commended the forward's instincts in the penalty area.

"He deserves it," Solskjær replied when asked about the amazing welcome Ronaldo received. "For what he's done for this club and for what he's done in his career.

It's never easy after international breaks. It's never easy with expectations, you know Cristiano coming back and you have a team you have to break down. I thought we were patient enough and did well."

United fans will get the chance to see their new number 7 again in a few days' time when they travel to Young Boys for their opening clash of this year's Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo Gave The Manchester United Team A "Speech" Last Night Before They Thrashed Newcastle

Australian Open TV 11 September, 2021 - 12:26pm

Speaking after The Red Devils' thumping 4-1 win, the Norwegian told MUTV that the 36 year old gave a 'little speech to the boys' at the team hotel less than 24 hours before they stepped out at Old Trafford.

:speaking_head: Solskjær: "Ronaldo did a speech to the boys last night. It's just perfect for him, you see what he's about, sensing the movement, smelling the danger. But he's also evolved into a proper team player." [MUTV]

And by God did the speech work, with Ronaldo netting twice in the comprehensive victory alongside stunning efforts from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard.

Ronaldo's two strikes sent Old Trafford into absolute delirium, with his mother pictured looking emotional as the Portuguese hero enjoyed the perfect start to life back in red.

"For me, it has always been a magical place where you can achieve everything you set your mind to."

His manager was full of praise for his performance after the match and commended the forward's instincts in the penalty area.

"He deserves it," Solskjær replied when asked about the amazing welcome Ronaldo received. "For what he's done for this club and for what he's done in his career.

It's never easy after international breaks. It's never easy with expectations, you know Cristiano coming back and you have a team you have to break down. I thought we were patient enough and did well."

United fans will get the chance to see their new number 7 again in a few days' time when they travel to Young Boys for their opening clash of this year's Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo Gave The Manchester United Team A "Speech" Last Night Before They Thrashed Newcastle

CNN 11 September, 2021 - 12:26pm

Speaking after The Red Devils' thumping 4-1 win, the Norwegian told MUTV that the 36 year old gave a 'little speech to the boys' at the team hotel less than 24 hours before they stepped out at Old Trafford.

:speaking_head: Solskjær: "Ronaldo did a speech to the boys last night. It's just perfect for him, you see what he's about, sensing the movement, smelling the danger. But he's also evolved into a proper team player." [MUTV]

And by God did the speech work, with Ronaldo netting twice in the comprehensive victory alongside stunning efforts from Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard.

Ronaldo's two strikes sent Old Trafford into absolute delirium, with his mother pictured looking emotional as the Portuguese hero enjoyed the perfect start to life back in red.

"For me, it has always been a magical place where you can achieve everything you set your mind to."

His manager was full of praise for his performance after the match and commended the forward's instincts in the penalty area.

"He deserves it," Solskjær replied when asked about the amazing welcome Ronaldo received. "For what he's done for this club and for what he's done in his career.

It's never easy after international breaks. It's never easy with expectations, you know Cristiano coming back and you have a team you have to break down. I thought we were patient enough and did well."

United fans will get the chance to see their new number 7 again in a few days' time when they travel to Young Boys for their opening clash of this year's Champions League.

A Great Man Deserves a Great Biography

The Dispatch 11 September, 2021 - 04:00am

Clarey—the New York Times’ tennis columnist—had more than enough material to pull from in assembling The Master—he’s been following tennis for a few decades, and has interviewed Federer multiple times over the course of his career. These interviews, along with the sheer breadth of other figures from Federer’s life Clarey talked to with, are the greatest strength of The Master. Clarey spoke with essentially anyone who knows anything about Federer firsthand, from rival Novak Djokovic to Madeleine Barlocher—who ran the juniors program at the first tennis club Federer played at as a child—to Federer’s childhood French tutor. It gives a comprehensive picture of Federer from his days as a petulant child to composed tennis icon, with greater detail about Federer’s life than has been assembled to this point. Even longtime Federer fans will learn new things about their hero in reading Clarey’s book.

As interesting as the history Clarey assembles is, and even with all the insight he’s able to draw out from his interviewees, The Master fails at what Federer is best known for: style. While most of the book is a straightforward biography, Clarey falls prey to a classic temptation in writing celebrity biographies, and repeatedly inserts himself in the story. We hear about how tennis was one of the few constants in his life as a Navy brat, about his collegiate tennis career, and his thoughts on the Wilson Pro Staff 85 racquet. But this isn’t a first-person narrative; the self-references are too few to seem like a normal part of the biography, making their appearances always seem oddly out of place.

For all the deep research that undoubtedly went into the book, at times Clarey gives the impression at times that he’s just padding the word count and trying to elevate his prose, both by forcing himself into the narrative and with his occasional bizarre attempts at stylistic flourishes. (The weirdest one: “Nadal is still far too young to be thinking about a tombstone, but if he ever orders one from Amazon, that sentence should be on it.”)

These shortcomings aren’t enough to detract from The Master’s appeal to Federer aficionados. But they certainly don’t make the book any more engaging, and for the uninitiated they undoubtedly make the 406 pages of reading less enjoyable than anything written about the most stylish tennis player ever ought to be. 

A recurring theme in the dissection of Federer’s early days is the difference between a very good tennis player and a great one. Federer, of course, elevated himself from the pack to become a great one, making it somewhat ironic that unlike its subject, The Master only ever achieves very goodness. And when writing about someone like Roger Federer, that’s just not enough.

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Novak Djokovic tops Alexander Zverev to reach US Open men's final, one win from calendar Grand Slam

USA TODAY 10 September, 2021 - 10:15pm

No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic edged No. 4 Alexander Zverev in five sets as he seeks to become the first man since 1969 to win calendar Grand Slam.

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NEW YORK — Just one more.

That’s all Novak Djokovic needs at this U.S. Open to complete one of the rarest achievements in all of sports. That’s all he needs to rewrite tennis history in a manner that is uniquely his. That’s all he needs to win the Grand Slam.  

On a night where he was once again tested and pushed to the brink by a rival from the younger generation, Djokovic played all his old hits in a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 semifinal victory over No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev. 

And now, if he can do it one more time on Sunday at Arthur Ashe Stadium against No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev, he’ll have a peerless 21st major title and the distinction of being the first man to win tennis’ four most important tournaments in the same calendar year since Rod Laver in 1969. 

“I know we want to talk about history,” Djokovic said. “I know it's on the line. I'm aware of it. Of course, I'm aware of it. But I'm just trying to lock into what I know works for me. I'm going to treat this match as it's my last one because it's arguably the most important one of my career.”

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If Djokovic’s approach to Sunday’s final is all about emptying the tank, his mental preparation for Zverev centered on understanding the kind of fight he’d have to endure. But Djokovic didn’t have to look too far back for his template. 

A little more than a month ago at the Tokyo Olympics, Zverev came from a set and a break down to stun Djokovic in the semifinals and deny him the gold medal he had long sought to add to his collection. 

Buoyed by the confidence he gained that day, Zverev flew into Friday night on a 16-match winning streak and showed throughout the semifinals he was willing to go toe-to-toe with Djokovic in grinding baseline rallies. At times, particularly in the fourth set when Zverev got an early break and held onto it to level the match, he even started to push Djokovic around with his power off the ground. 

“I think we both left it all out there,” Zverev said. 

But ultimately, beating Djokovic in a best-of-five set match doesn’t just require one thing of an opponent. It takes everything. And for Zverev, the margin for error was so small that just a few missed first serves early in the fifth opened the door for Djokovic to break him. Just a few minutes later, after Zverev shanked a routine overhead on yet another break point, Djokovic was out of danger completely. 

Though Zverev called Djokovic’s second break “ridiculous unlucky,” the reality is that Djokovic had raised his level significantly in the fifth set, applying pressure to every part of Zverev’s game until he ultimately found a way to crack him.

“I'm proud of the fight that I delivered,” Djokovic said. “I probably could have played better in some moments, but again, I have to be satisfied with delivering the best tennis I possibly could in the most important set, which was the fifth set.”

That uncanny ability is why Djokovic stands on the doorstep of breaking an almost unthinkable record Sunday, and why Zverev and the other prominent players in their early 20s like Stefanos Tsitsipas and Medvedev have been stymied on the doorstep of a Grand Slam title.  

“He plays the best tennis when he needs to, which a lot of players don’t,” Zverev said. “Look, there is a reason why he’s won 20 Grand Slams. There’s a reason why he’s spent the most weeks at world No. 1. There’s a lot of reasons for that. I think mentally, he’s the best player to ever play the game. Mentally, in the most important moments, I would rather play against anybody else but him.”

Djokovic’s mental clarity has been so necessary at this tournament in particular because of the enormity of what he’s trying to achieve. When Serena Williams came to Flushing Meadows in 2015 trying to finish off the Grand Slam, the anxiety in her game was apparent throughout the tournament and she ultimately lost the semifinals to Roberta Vinci, who had never come close to winning a set against her in four previous meetings. 

"I can relate to what she was going through,” Djokovic said. “I understand it now.”

Whether it’s the pressure, the opponents or Djokovic simply not playing at his absolute highest level, this has been an undeniable grind for him to get to the finals. Though he’s never faced the utmost danger, he has lost the first set to his last four opponents and had to figure out how to get the match turned around. 

As a result, he’s spent 17 hours, 26 minutes on the court in this tournament. By contrast, Medvedev has been ruthlessly efficient, needing only 11 hours, 51 minutes to get into the final. 

Whether that will matter is unclear. When they met in the Australian Open final in January, Djokovic jumped on him early and never let up, winning 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Medvedev acknowledged Friday that he did not fight as hard as he should have in that match but vowed that would not happen this time. 

Given how well Medvedev has played this summer, Djokovic is likely to have one more long, tough fight on his hands to secure the Grand Slam. Making history is not supposed to be easy. 

“Job is not done,” Djokovic said. “Excitement is there. Motivation is there, without a doubt. Probably more than ever. But I have one more to go.” 

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