Daniil Medvedev will attempt to win his 250th ATP match on Wednesday night in Los Cabos. Against Australian qualifier Rinky Hijikata, the world’s top-ranked player will go for the historic win in the hopes of maintaining his position atop the ATP rankings for the next two weeks.
Daniil had no hesitations when asked about his most prized triumph. He talked about defeating Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the US Open final of 2021. Last year, Djokovic was a Majors player to beat, giving it his all at the four most prestigious competitions and just missing a calendar Grand Slam.
As he pursued ultimate success in New York, Novak won the Australian Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon, tying Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for the most Major trophies (20). Djokovic won six matches despite playing below par and lacking matches to get to the US Open final and move one victory away from making history.
Nevertheless, Medvedev defeated Novak 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to win his first Major title at age 25 on that momentous night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The Russian outplayed Novak and won by a career-high margin thanks to his 38 wins and 31 unforced errors, which helped him pull ahead of the Serb.
With two breaks in the first two sets and a few more in the third, Medvedev won the match and earned immortality in tennis.
At the US Open, Daniil Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic to win the first Major title.
Daniil scarcely dropped a point while serving in the first game and quickly took the lead after grabbing a break.
For a score of 6-4 and a lift heading into the second set, Medvedev expertly handled his games and held in the tenth. Five break opportunities were lost by Djokovic at the start of the second set, and he soon suffered the price. At 2-2, Daniil defeated him and then made three easy holds to build a 6-4, 6-4 lead and advance toward the finish line.
With nothing going his way, Djokovic broke in games one and three of the third set, falling down 4-0 and far from his goal of winning the match. With one more effort, Novak extended his chances by saving a match point at 2-5 and recording his first break of the match.
The Serb held in game nine to cut the deficit to 4-5 but Daniil put an end to it by holding at 30 minutes later, taking the third match point and winning the maiden Major championship.