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Daniil Medvedev Ends Djokovic’s Calendar Slam Dreams To Win US Open

The world No.2 produced a powerful display to upset Djokovic who uncharacteristically faded as the match progressed.




Daniil Medvedev hits a forehand during the Men's Singles championship match at the 2021 US Open, Sunday, Sep. 12, 2021 in Flushing, NY. (Darren Carroll/USTA)

Daniil Medvedev has become the third Russian man in history to win a major title after defeating a lackluster Novak Djokovic to lift the US Open trophy. 


Playing in the final at Flushing Meadows for the second time in his career after 2019, an inspired Medvedev produced a stern service display and belted the ball deep towards the baseline throughout his 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, triumph over the world No.1. In contrast Djokovic, who was bidding to become the first man to win a Calendar Slam for 53 years, looked weary on the court after coming through some tough matches earlier in the week.

The 25-year-old has become the ninth different player to win the US Open men’s title since 2007. Coming into the final he had won 14 out of his past 15 matches played on his favorite surface.  Medvedev has won more hard-court titles and matches than any other ATP player over the past three years. Against Djokovic, he won 81% of his first service points and fired 38 winners past him.

Sorry for you the fans and Novak. We all know what he was trying to achieve. What you have accomplished this year and throughout your career – I never said this to anybody but I will say it right now. For me, you are the greatest tennis player in history.” Medvedev said during the trophy ceremony.

In what was a rematch of this year’s Australian Open final, Medvedev made an emphatic start with the help of an almost flawless service performance. In Djokovic’s opening game the top seed struggled to find his footing with a series of unforced errors enabling his opponent to break in the first game. In the driving seat, Medvedev snatched the opening set by winning 20 out of his 23 service points against somebody who has been described as one of the best returners in the history of men’s tennis. Fittingly he would seal the 6-4 lead with the help of an ace.

Losing the opener has become an unwelcome tradition for Djokovic in New York who also found himself in the same scenario in his four previous matches.  To put that into perspective, it has been 132 years since a male player last reached the US Open final after coming back from a set down on four occasions.

However, Medvedev continued to have the upper hand against the 20-time Grand Slam champion who reached boiling point early on in the second frame. Djokovic’s inability to convert break point opportunities prompted him to smash his racket on the ground out of anger. Then in the following game, a series of uncharacteristic mistakes enabled Medvedev to issue his next blow as he broke for a 3-2 lead. Closing in on the 6-4, 6-4, lead he prevailed on his third set point with the help of another Djokovic error.

The former champion continued to struggle with his movement as Medvedev’s sublime defensive play resembled that of a brick wall. A double break in the third set moved him closer to the brink of winning the biggest title of his life. 

Serving for the title Medvedev encountered a fresh obstacle – the animated New York crowd. Bursts of boos erupted from fans who wanted the final to be prolonged and voiced their support for Djokovic who at one point looked to be clearly emotional by the situation. Leading 5-2 Medvedev failed to serve the match out but triumphed two games later when a shot from his nemesis slammed into the net. Prompting him to drop to the floor.

I want to thank you guys (the crowd). I mean today maybe (the support) was a little bit more for Novak but that’s completely understandable. Throughout the week you gave me a lot of energy. It helped me,” the new champion said.
“Today is the third anniversary for me and my wife. During the tournament, I couldn’t think of a present or anything . When I made the final, I thought, if I lose I need to find a present fast. I have no time to find a present, I have to win this match.” He added.


Whilst he didn’t win the title, Djokovic still managed to win over the hearts of many fans watching on the Arthur Ashe Stadium who gave him a standing ovation. Something he said makes him the ‘happiest man alive.’

I was thinking in both scenarios, visualing myself standing here in front of you guys and what would I say. I would like to say that tonight, even though I have not won the match, my heart is filled with joy and I am the happiest man alive because you guys made me feel very special on the court,” Djokovic said to the crowd.
“You guys touched my soul. I have never felt like this is New York. I love you guys. Thank you so much for your support and everything you have done tonight for me.”

Medvedev is the only active player to have a winning record against Djokovic as world No.1.


Doubles Player Dream French Open Debut Ended By Instagram Message

Portugal’s Francisco Cabral said he found out he will not be playing in Paris through social media.




Francisco Cabral - Image via https://twitter.com/EstorilOpen/

Playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam is the pinnacle of many players’ careers but one player missed out on that opportunity due to an unfortunate situation. 


Portugal’s Francisco Cabral was set to play in the men’s doubles tournament for the first time at this week’s French Open. The world No.72 is currently at a career-high after winning his maiden Tour title in Estoril last month with compatriot Nuno Borges. In Paris, he entered into the draw alongside Denmark’s Holger Rune. 

However, shortly before he was set to make his Grand Slam debut Rune pulled out at the last minute. Leaving Cabral unable to look for another partner in such a short time. Rune’s withdrawal from the doubles was based on medical advice after he hurt his ankle during his second round clash against Henri Laaksonen. The Dane tripped over the court cover at the back of the court but fortunately wasn’t seriously injured and managed to continue playing. 

“Right now I feel a huge sadness because it’s a dream to play in a Grand Slam tournament. I’ve been here since Saturday training, waiting, watching games, experiencing a new world because it was my first Grand Slam and it’s another dimension and I was really, really looking forward to being able to play,” Cabral told Raquetc. “And having waited until 15 minutes before game time to know that I wasn’t going to play after all, it cost me a lot, but I did everything I could.”

Caral went on to criticize the behavior of Rune who informed him that he would not be playing in the doubles event via a message sent on Instagram. It is unclear why the two never spoke face-to-face. 

“He only told me that he had sprained his foot, that he was at the doctor’s, and that he had told him not to play the doubles. I’m sad about his attitude because he didn’t even say this to my face, he just sent me a message on Instagram. I don’t think it went well, but as I said, I couldn’t have done anything differently, so I’ll just wait for the next opportunity.” He said. 

25-year-old Cabral is targeting Wimbledon as the event where he will play his first main draw match. 

Meanwhile, Rune will continue his singles campaign at Roland Garros on Saturday when he plays Hugo Gaston in the third round. The former world No.1 junior has shot up the rankings this season to a high of 40th. 

Cabral and Rune has been replaced in the draw by Sander Arends and Szymon Walków. 

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French Open Crowd Crossed The Line, Says Frustrated Alex de Minaur

The Australian explains why he wasn’t entirely happy with the atmosphere in the French capital.




Alex de Minaur didn’t hide his irritation with fans at Roland Garros following his shock exit from the tournament on Tuesday.


The 19th seed fell to home player Hugo Gaston in a five-set epic that lasted more than four hours. De Minaur had a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but ended up losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(10-4) to the world No.74. He has now lost in the first round of the French Open in four out of six appearances.

During the match De Minaur had to contend with a boisterous crowd who were cheering on Gaston. He faced some booing and jeering from those in the stands which the world No.20 was not happy about.

“I think there is a difference between a great atmosphere and supporting your fellow countrymen, which is completely fine and it’s great. I’m sure for him was an amazing atmosphere, he enjoyed every second of it.” De Minaur said afterwards.
“But there is a line that, when I’m getting told things by people in the crowd, making eye contact with me after I hit a double fault, I think there is a certain line that needs to be kind of looked at.”
“Good on him (Gaston) for playing a great match in front of his home crowd and being able to feed off that, and you know, having a moment that I’m sure he won’t forget.”

De Minaur refused to go into what exactly was being said to him from certain members of the crowd but insisted that he was not being intimidated by what was occurring on the court. Towards the end of the match a series of unforced errors, including double faults, costed him dearly.

“I’m pretty sure I dealt with it pretty well, all things considering,” he said. “I was in the moment. I was in the heat of the moment battling out there. It felt like kind of an away Davis Cup match, and I thrive on that. It was a lot sometimes and sometimes you do your best to focus on playing a tennis match. There are outside factors that you do your best to control.“

Heading into Paris, De Minaur had shown encouraging results on the clay with semi-final runs to tournaments in Barcelona and Lyon. He also reached the third round in Rome and took a set off Andrey Rublev when they clashed in Monte Carlo.

Given those recent results on the Tour, it is clear that the latest defeat is one that will sit with him for a while.

Ideally, I will sleep tonight and I will forget all about it, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case,” de Minaur admits.
“It’s disappointing, as everything is, it is what it is. It’s a sport that we are playing. You have your good days, your bad days. You win absolute battles; you lose absolute battles.”

As for Garon, he will face Argentine qualifier Pedro Cachin in the second round. This year’s draw is a golden opportunity for the Frenchman with him guaranteed to not play a seeded player until at least the last 16 if he makes it that far.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.





Novak Djokovic (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

By Kingsley Elliot Kaye

In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.


Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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