Russia’s Daniil Medvedev has won his first major title with a hard-fought victory over Serbia’s Novak Djokovic to claim the US Open men’s singles crown.
The 21-year-old, the world No38, became the first Russian to claim a grand slam singles title and will join Alexander Zverev as a member of the ATP’s top 20 after a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over his three-time champion opponent.
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He won a mesmerising opening set on a tiebreak but Djokovic looked like he would turn it around in the second but fell apart as he laboured under the weight of history and a hungrier, more feisty Medvedev.
Medvedev lost his cool in the third-set tiebreak and smashed his racket as he went from leading 4-2 to losing four straight points. But he dug deep and found the belief to fight back to take the match to a deciding set.
Medvedev was on the receiving end of a fine Djokovic serve when he put the pressure on with an unexpected forehand winner. The Serb was out of sorts and was outgunned throughout as Medvedev, who prevailed in four sets, surged ahead to win.