US Open: Cramping Medvedev was close to breakdown before seeing off Djokovic, references FIFA celebration

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Medvedev
blitzed
world
number
one
and
20-time
major
champion
Djokovic
6-4
6-4
6-4
in
the
men’s
final
at
Flushing
Meadows
on
Sunday
(September
12).

Djokovic’s
bid
to
become
just
the
third
man
and
first
since
Rod
Laver
in
1969
to
claim
a
calendar
Grand
Slam,
and
to
surpass
Roger
Federer
and
Rafael
Nadal
for
the
most
major
men’s
titles,
was
emphatically
ended
by
Medvedev.

Medvedev
fired
down
16
aces
and
hit
38
winners
in
a
ruthless
display
on
Arthur
Ashe
Stadium.
However,
the
second
seed
conceded
he
was
worried
at
the
end
of
the
third
set
as
he
tried
to
see
off
Djokovic.

US
Open:
Ice-cool
Medvedev
too
hot
for
Djokovic
to
handle
as
Grand
Slam
dream
ends

Russian
star
Medvedev
double-faulted
twice
in
succession
when
his
first
championship
point
arrived
and
gave
back
one
of
those
breaks
to
Djokovic,
who
closed
to
5-4.
But
the
former
came
out
to
serve
again
and
again
served
a
double
on
a
championship
point,
though
he
had
another
in
store
and
the
Serb
netted
on
the
backhand.

“I
definitely
had
it
[pressure],”
Medvedev

who
lost
to
Djokovic
in
the
2021
Australian
Open
final,
having
gone
down
to
Nadal
in
the
2019
US
Open
showpiece

told
reporters.
“I
started
cramping
at
5-3,
I
think
because
of
the
pressure
at
5-2
where
I
had
match
points,
I
didn’t
make
it.
My
legs
were
gone
after
5-3.
At
5-4,
left
leg,
I
almost
couldn’t
walk.
If
you
really
look
the
replay,
when
I
walked
to
the
towel,
my
leg
was
just
going
behind.
I
was
trying
not
to
show
it.
If
Novak
feels
it,
it’s
not
good.

“Again,
40-15,
that’s
two
match
points.
I
was
like,
C’mon,
go
for
an
ace,
just
try
to
make
it.
I
had
a
huge
double-fault.
Second
one
was
like
in
the
middle
of
the
net.
Okay,
I
have
one
more.
Just
try
to
make
a
first
serve.
I
made
it
and
I’m
really
happy.”

Medvedev
became
the
first
Russian
man
to
win
a
grand
slam
since
Marat
Safin
at
the
2005
Australian
Open.

The
25-year-old
also
became
the
ninth
different
men’s
champion
of
the
last
14
years
in
New
York,
including
first-time
major
winners
Dominic
Thiem,
Marin
Cilic,
Andy
Murray
and
Juan
Martin
del
Potro.
During
the
same
time,
the
Australian
Open,
French
Open
and
Wimbledon
have
each
been
claimed
by
four
different
men.

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Medvedev

the
second
player
since
Ivan
Lendl
in
1987
to
lose
just
one
set
en
route
to
the
men’s
US
Open
crown
after
Nadal
in
2010

is
the
fifth
player
to
clinch
a
slam
final
against
Djokovic.

He
is
also
the
fourth
player
with
four
or
more
wins
over
Djokovic
as
world
number
one,
after
Nadal
(nine),
Federer
(five)
and
Murray
(five).

“It
definitely
makes
it
sweeter
[beating
a
world
number
one
for
first
major
trophy],”
Medvedev
said.
“I
mean,
a
grand
slam
is
a
grand
slam.
I
would
win
it
against
Botic
[Van
de
Zandschulp]
in
the
final,
probably
I
would
be
same
happy.

“For
the
confidence
and
for
my
future
career,
knowing
that
I
beat
somebody
who
was
27-0
in
a
year
in
grand
slams,
I
lost
to
him
in
Australia,
he
was
going
for
huge
history,
and
knowing
that
I
managed
to
stop
him
it
definitely
makes
it
sweeter
and
brings
me
confidence
for
what
is
to
come
on
hard
courts
so
far,
but
let’s
see
about
other
surfaces.”

Medvedev
was
also
asked
about
his
celebration

the
13-time
ATP
Tour
champion
fell
to
the
court
after
vanquishing
Djokovic,
with
his
eyes
closed
and
tongue
out.

It
was
in
reference
to
FIFA’s
video
game
and
the
“dead
fish”
celebration.

“I
like
to
play
FIFA,”
he
said.
“I
like
to
play
PlayStation.
It’s
called
the
dead
fish
celebration.
If
you
know
your
opponent
when
you
play
FIFA,
many
times
you’re
going
to
do
this.
You’re
going
to
score
a
goal,
you’re
up
5-0,
you
do
this
one.

“I
talked
to
the
guys
in
the
locker,
they’re
young
guys,
super
chill
guys.
They
play
FIFA.
They
were
like,
That’s
legendary.
Everybody
who
I
saw
who
plays
FIFA
thinks
that’s
legendary.
That’s
how
I
wanted
to
make
it.

“Again,
it’s
not
because
I
want
to
be
on
the
newspaper
talking
about
FIFA
celebration
or
whatever.
I
don’t
care.
But
I
wanted
to
make
it
special
for
people
to
love,
for
my
friends
to
love
who
I
play
FIFA
with.
I
knew
I’m
going
to
make
it.
I
got
hurt
a
little
bit.
It’s
not
easy
to
make
it
on
hard
courts.
I
got
hurt
a
little
bit,
but
I’m
happy
I
made
it
legendary
for
myself.”

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