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Medvedev beats Djokovic to win US Open

Russia’s Daniil Medvedev won his first Grand Slam title by shattering Novak Djokovic’s hopes of completing a calendar sweep of the majors in a surprisingly one-sided US Open final Sunday.

Medvedev, 25, lost his two previous Grand Slam finals but was composure personified as he stormed to a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.

World number one Djokovic had already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles this year, and was also on the cusp of clinching a record 21st Grand Slam men’s title – to move clear of rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Perhaps burdened by the weight of history, Djokovic looked subdued throughout as he made a string of unforced errors and looked way short of his usual physical capabilities.

The Russian played smartly and confidently, drawing the errors out of his opponent with strong serving, dominating his opponent from the baseline and finishing points with precise winners, as he avenged a straight-set defeat by Djokovic in February’s Australian Open final.

There was a slight wobble as he tried to serve out for the title – three double faults helped Djokovic nick back a break for 5-3 – before Medvedev composed himself to take his third championship point as Djokovic found the net with a return.

After sharing a warm hug with Djokovic at the net, Medvedev broke out in a broad smile before sitting back in his chair to contemplate finally winning the first Grand Slam title which he has long threatened.

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