September 13, 2021 by archyde
BarcelonaThe central court of Flushing Meadows was ready for the big party of Novak Djokovic, who was to become the first player to reach the 21 Grand Slam titles. But the Russian Daniil Medvedev came to the party through the back door and made it his own: he swept the Serb off the track, who ended up losing the roles (6-4, 6-4 and 6-4). On his third attempt, the Moscow player has finally won a big tournament with his strange style. A tall, stretched player, who at times seems to have his head elsewhere, clueless. But except for a few moments in the third set, he has shown a great ability to concentrate that has allowed him to never fail with his service, with which he has punished Djokovic, who has not been able to withstand the pressure of making history. “If anyone deserved to win a Grand Slam for the first time it was you, Daniil,” Djokovic told him.
The Serb had a great chance to reach the 21 big titles and undo the tie with Federer and Nadal. And he will have more opportunities to do so, but today he has lost the train to be the first player since 1969 to win all four big titles in the same calendar year. The last to do so was Australian Rod Laver, who has seen live how Djokovic was one step away from imitating him. As had happened in the round of 16, quarterfinals and semifinals, the Serb lost the first set by conceding a break against the Russian. It didn’t sound alarming, seeing the precedents in the tournament. But in the second set, after wasting four breaking balls, he ended up smashing his racket. As happened to him at the Olympics, the world number one has lost his temper at the key moment, when he has been seen on the verge of achieving a milestone never seen in decades.