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Novak Djokovic misses 'calendar slam', falls to Daniil Medvedev in US Open final


History was not supposed to be made Sunday.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic – trying to break the all-time Grand Slam record and win a calendar Grand Slam – fell in the US Open men's final, after No. 2 Daniil Medvedev won 6-4 in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

It was just the fourth US Open men's final in the last 25 years, but it wasn't the barn-burner – or result – many expected, as Medvedev took the momentum in the first set and never relinquished it.

It was only Djokovic's sixth loss of the season, including the Olympics, and Medvedev ended his 27-game winning streak in Grand Slam matches.

Had Djokovic won on Sunday, he would have become the first man to win a calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver accomplished the feat in 1969.

With the loss, the 34-year-old Serbian superstar moved into a tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the all-time lead in Grand Slam wins at 20.

Djokovic looked anything but himself in Sunday's match, and the stats tell that story.

Medvedev had 16 ties to Djokovic's six, and Medvedev converted four of his eight break chances. Djokovic has only broken Medvedev once.

Medvedev also had 38 winners and 31 unforced errors, compared to Djokovic's 27 winners and 38 unforced errors.

After the match, a tearful Djokovic congratulated Medvedev on “an amazing match and an amazing tournament”.

“You're one of the best guys on tour,” Djokovic told Medvedev. “… I wish you many more Grand Slams.”

The victory gave the 25-year-old Medvedev his first Grand Slam title after falling in straight sets to Djokovic in the men's final of the 2021 Australian Open earlier this season.

Here's how social media reacted to Djokovic's shocking loss:


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