Novak Djokovic aims to win yet another major title as he battles Daniil Medvedev in the US Open men’s singles final this evening. This match is a repeat of the 2021 final in which Medvedev triumphed over the Serb and this evening’s clash is one of the most highly anticipated meetings of the tournament.
World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz was the defending US Open champion and was expected to set up a repeat of the Wimbledon final but he was beaten by Medvedev in four sets during their semi-final. Djokovic can secure a 24th slam tonight to level Margaret Court’s record of singles titles. He reached the US Open showpiece by defeating 20-year-old American Ben Shelton in the semi-finals.
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US Open final: Djokovic 5-5* Medvedev (6-3)
A hop and a skip, Medvedev plants the backhand deep towards Djokovic’s backhand side, then rushes to the net, the volley is perfectly fine.
But Djokovic hammers his own backhand through the Russian’s defence, which has to be demoralising after executing a smart change-up to his strategy.
Djokovic squanders a game point after Medvedev expertly fetches a pair of smart backhands. No game is seemingly save despite two to three game or break points for these guys.
GAME! Djokovic is now talking to the crowd again, a set lasting an hour and 11 minutes so far. 5-5.
Djokovic, understandably, off to a slow start to start this game, after his heroics in the last game. His box look to do a little in-game coaching.
Medvedev races to 40-0 though, just what is needed after squandering a glorious chance to break. This would move him to within a game of the set.
And he does, that was two minutes 23 seconds. The game before? 12 minutes and 12 seconds.
Break point coming up for Medvedev…
A moan from Djokovic after a late let call from the umpire. Then the smash from Medvedev, is this his moment?
NO! An astonishing shot from Djokovic after Medvedev returns down the line, but the Serbian picks it up on the half-volley and clips it over the net across court.
He lauds it too, demanding applause from the crowd. Sublime.
And another! This time mid-court, it’s a backhand sliced drop shot that dies immediately after the first bounce. It’s cruel, Medvedev meeting Djokovic’s best at the worst possible time. HOLD! Matthew McConaughey is on his feet.
Djokovic suddenly showing visible signs of fatigue and frustration as Medvedev, leading 4-3, brings him to deuce.
That was an 88mph second serve, which caught Medvedev by surprise.
But now a double fault, two apiece in this set and 5-2 to Medvedev overall. This is out of character and if Djokovic can hold, it would be remarkable, a gift for Medvedev as the Serbian slips, netting to go to deuce three.
Now it’s Medvedev’s turn to win an epic rally! Djokovic is on his back, he can’t believe it after dumping a backhand into the net.
Absolutely exhausting tennis this, and Djokovic collapsing is relatable with most of the crowd. Now game point again for the Russian, but Djokovic buries a backhand winner, and it’s deuce again!
The Medvedev serve has been on point in the second set, which is setting up some tasty rallies.
Djokovic with the most majestic, sliced backhand drop shot. It’s perfection!
Now Djokovic has won 10/11 points when the rally goes over nine shots. That’s the formula then.
We’re at deuce, Medvedev wants a break, wiping his brow. He finds the first serve, but here we go again, deep into the rally.
And it’s long! A sloppy backhand, whipped long from Medvedev. Break point.
One hour and 19 minutes into this contest, Djokovic finding some resistance in Medvedev now after a rocky start.
The Russian is 3-2 up.
Goran Ivanisevic looking on without much emotion, Djokovic in control but Medvedev starting to find his feet.
A mesmerising rally brings the crowd to its feet, 30-0 with the players exchanging drop shots at the end before the 27th stroke was Djokovic’s lob.
Now this is a crucial moment in the match, 30-30, on Medvedev’s serve.
Djokovic’s variety, slicing at different speeds, is causing problems.
But that’s a big serve from the Russian to move to break point. And a hold, impressive composure.