After winning the Australian Open in February, Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the French Open in June and Wimbledon in July.
Daniil Medvedev won the US Open final, breaking world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic’s dream of becoming the first male player to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year.Also Read – US Open 2021: Britain’s Emma Radukanu becomes champion; Queen Elizabeth congratulates on “remarkable achievement”
Medvedev won the one-sided final 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. With this, Djokovic will have to wait longer to win a record 21st Grand Slam. He has 20 Grand Slam titles, similar to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Also Read – US Open 2021: Novak Djokovic reaches quarter-finals by defeating American Jenson Brooksby
World number one Djokovic entered this tournament with a 27-0 record of winning Grand Slam in 2021. He defeated Medvedev in the Australian Open final in February, the French Open in June and Wimbledon in July. Also Read – US Open 2021: Naomi Osaka crashes out of third round, breaks racket in anger
However, he was not at his best in the US Open final. He made 38 double faults and could not capitalize on break points. He also broke his racket in anger, prompting the chair umpire to warn him and the audience gathered at Arthur Ashe Stadium also hooted.
On the other hand, six feet six inches tall Medvedev showed a great game. Djokovic reached the 31st Grand Slam final of his career with six victories on the hardcourt at Flushing Meadows but could not maintain the momentum when needed.
The last time all the titles were won in a single year was by Rod Laver, who achieved this feat twice in 1962 and 1969. Steffi Graf, the only woman in the women’s category, has done this feat, who won all four titles in 1988.