The World no.1 Novak Djokovic was chasing history in the final of the US Open final against Daniil Medvedev. However, Djokovic was defeated by the Russian by 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium, New York on Sunday. Djokovic won 27 matches in the four majors of the season but could not cross the line in the US Open final.
Djokovic could have become the first player to win Calendar slam after legendary Rod Laver achieved the milestone back in 1969 had the Serbian crossed the final hurdle. But Djokovic was not at his usual best in the summit clash whereas Medvedev brought his A-game to the table as he served at his best. The World No. 2 won 80% of his first serve points and gave no chance to Djokovic.
On the other hand, this was the 31st slam final for Djokovic as he equaled Roger Federer’s record. However, the Serbian also claimed an unwanted record as this was his sixth loss in the US Open final. Djokovic has won the US Open title on three occasions and thus has made it to the final on nine occasions.
In those six finals, he has lost to Stan Wawrinka (2016), Rafael Nadal (2010 and 2013), Andy Murray (2012), and Roger Federer (2007) before losing to Daniil Medvedev.
On the other hand, Andy Murray has reached the Australian Open final on five occasions but the Briton has never won it as he has been defeated by Djokovic on every single occasion.
Meanwhile, Djokovic had a spectacular season as he won three slams and ticked all the right boxes. The Serbian was at his absolute best but could not go past Medvedev in the final.