/ 14 September 2021

Hill to glory too steep for Djokovic

Image source: AP
Image source: AP

A special place in tennis history was waiting for world #1 Novak Djokovic yesterday – but it wasn’t to be. After winning 27 grand slam matches in a row this year, he was set to become the first man since Aussie Rod Laver in 1969 to win all 4 major titles in a calendar year. And the US Open win would have given him a record 21 grand slam trophies – one clear of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. But there was nothing left in the tank with the Serb going down in straight sets to Daniil Medvedev yesterday morning. Djokovic broke down and later said he was “glad it was over” because the build-up was “a lot to handle”. It was a first major title win for Medvedev. After a spur-of-the-moment celebration, he thanked “the greatest player in tennis history” and acknowledged his 3rd wedding anniversary. Also celebrating: Aussie Dylan Alcott, who found out his trophy made a great beer delivery device

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