World number one Novak Djokovic meets world number two Daniil Medvedev as he is one step away from history on the ATP tour, in the final of the 2021 US Open on Sunday, September 12. Get the live streaming options of this Novak Djokovic v Daniil Medvedev match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Novak Djokovic v Daniil Medvedev Head to Head
This will be the ninth meeting between both players, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head 5-3. Medvedev has won three of the last five matches between both players. They have met twice in majors, both times at the Australian Open, with Djokovic winning on both occasions including the final earlier this year.
Djokovic To Play The Most Important Match Of His Life
World number one Novak Djokovic stands on the doorstep of ultimate greatness in the sport as he is one match away from winning the Calendar slam and 21 Grand slams putting him atop the all-time ATP title count.
The winner of the three previous slams this year, Djokovic was up against Olympic gold medalist Alexander Zverev who had defeated him in the Tokyo Olympics ending his quest for the Golden Calendar Slam. The German was on a 16 match winning streak on the hard courts since after Wimbledon, and barely been tested this fortnight thus far coming into the final four.
It was a strong start to the match, with both players serving well and looking good from the baseline with some excellent rallies. At 4-4 in the first set, Zverev got a strong opening and broke the Serb to go up 5-4 and closed the set with his big serving.
In characteristic style, the Serb upped the ante next set and was up a break and 3-0 in no time. Zverev’s level took a dip and serving to stay in the set at 2-5, the pressure got the better of him and we were at one set apiece.
The third set saw plenty of errors from either as the set at 4-4 and again serving to stay in the set at 4-5, Zverev was down 0-40. A 53 shot rally at 15-40 was the highlight of the match as the German saved his second break point, but at 30-40, Djokovic knew the German was exhausted after the previous point and closed the set. There was no going away from Zverev in set four, as he broke early and strong serving saw him close the set 6-4.
The fifth set has been Djokovic’s forte and so it was again as he held his stead and before one knew he was up two breaks at 4-0. Unable to close the match on his serve at 5-1, the Serb stepped the level up on the return to break Zverev at 2-5 and be in a record equaling 31st major final with everything on the line to be the greatest there has been.
Medvedev In Search Of First Major Title
World number two Daniil Medvedev began his quest for a maiden grand slam in New York as one of the favorites after Novak Djokovic, and also one of the potential individuals who could come in the way of a calendar slam for the world number one from Serbia.
Medvedev has looked good all through the tournament without dropping a set against Richard Gasquet, Albert Ramos-Vinalos Pablo Andujar or Dan Evans coming into the quarter-finals against little known Dutchman Botic Van De Zandschulp, who was on a fairytale run upsetting both Casper Ruud and Diego Schwartzman.
Although he dropped a set to win that match in four sets, he never looked the least bit unnerved and was a strong favorite in his semi-final against Canadian Next Gen Felix Auger- Aliassime.
Both players started with strong serving, but at 3-3 in the first, Medvedev pressurized the Canadian’s serve and broke to close the set 6-4. Auger-Aliassime looked to have taken his level up a few notches in the second set breaking Medvedev to be up 5-2 and with set points to level the match at 5-3.
A mix of nerves for the 12th seed and Medvedev being clinical saw the set level at 5-5 and some clutch tennis from the world number two saw him go up two sets to love 7-5 in the second.
The Russian controlled events from the start of the third set to win 6-2 and put himself in a third major final looking to do all and more to win his first major title.
Djokovic v Medvedev Prediction and Tip
Not only is this a grand slam final, but it is a match that has more history on the line than any in recent times. Djokovic is one match away from the Calendar Slam and from being at the top of the ATP title count with 21 titles. There is a lot of pressure and a lot at stake, but there is no one who thrives under such situations better than he does.
Medvedev has been in excellent touch and will be more matured this final than he has in his previous two major finals, but it is difficult to see how Djokovic will not raise his game to any level needed to achieve what he can with this victory.
Novak Djokovic to win the Calendar Slam and his 21st major title to seal himself as the greatest in the sport.