Novak Djokovic lost his head in US Open final defeat to Daniil Medvedev

Novak Djokovic broke a racket in his defeat to Medvedev

Novak Djokovic was stunned by Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open on Sunday evening as he was defeated 4-6, 4-6, 4-6.

The Serbian went into the match chasing history.

After already winning the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2021, Djokovic was looking to win the US Open to complete the calendar Grand Slam.

Djokovic knew a victory would also see him overtake Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in Grand Slam victories.

But he never really got going at Flushing Meadows.

Medvedev immediately broke serve and would go on to win the first set 6-4 in just 36 minutes.



Djokovic would then completely lose his head early on in the second set.

With Djokovic leading 2-1 in the set, the 34-year-old had a good opportunity to break and go into a 3-1 lead.

But Djokovic missed the opportunity and he took his frustration out on his racket.

The Serb slammed his racket on the ground three times, leaving it completely obliterated.

The world No 1 was handed a violation for racket abuse, unsurprisingly.

Djokovic's new racket did not do the trick as he was then broken himself. Medvedev served out to win the second set 6-4.

Djokovic needed something special but the start of the third set was much of the same: Medvedev domination.

Medvedev, searching for his first Grand Slam title, took a giant step towards victory when he immediately broke and then held serve to take a 2-0 lead in the third set.

Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic to win his first major title

The Russian held and then broke Djokovic's serve once again to go two games away from the title.

Medvedev bought up Championship point but he inexplicably double faulted three times to give his opponent a lifeline.

Djokovic's tale was up and he battled back to make it 4-5 in the third set.

But it was all too little too late as Medvedev conjured two more Championship points and he made no mistake with the second to clinch his first Grand Slam title.

Medvedev could hardly believe it and he slumped to the ground before being congratulated by a gracious Djokovic at the net.

What a simply stunning performance by the 25-year-old.

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