Daniil Medvedev ends Novak Djokovic's bid for calender Grand Slam after winning US Open

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New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Sep 13, 2021, 07:59 AM(IST)

Daniil Medvedev ends Novak Djokovic's bid for calender Grand Slam after winning US Open Photograph:( Reuters )

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"It's a tough one to swallow, this loss, considering everything that was on the line," said Djokovic.

World no. 2 Daniil Medvedev won his first-ever Grand Slam trophy on Monday after beating Serbian ace and World No. 1, Novak Djokovic. The Russian player handed a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 defeat to the Serb ending the match within two hours and sixteen minutes in the US Open men’s singles final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York.

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Novak Djokovic fell short of his bid for a calendar slam. He also missed a chance to overtake tennis greats like Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to become the record 21-time Grand Slam Champion. Novak won Australian Open, French Open, and Wimbledon this year. 

"It's a tough one to swallow, this loss, considering everything that was on the line," said Djokovic.

"I was glad it was over because the build-up for this tournament and everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot.

"It was a lot to handle."

Medvedev had an emotional post-match presentation ceremony and he called the Serbian ace 'the greatest player ever'.

"First of all, I want to say sorry for the fans and Novak because we all know what he was going for today. I just want to say that you have been brilliant this year and throughout your career," Medvedev said.

"I have never said this to anybody. But I will say it, right now. For me, you are the greatest tennis player in history".

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