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Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev LIVE streaming: It’s the battle of the two greatest, if not on the record point of view but surely on the basis of rankings. The high-voltage finals of the US Open 2021 will take place between World No.1 Novak Djokovic vs World No.2 Daniil Medvedev. While Djokovic is ready to become the greatest-ever in the history of tennis, Medvedev is looking to fulfil his dream of maiden Grand Slam. History and stats are in favour of Djokovic who has won 20 Grand Slams in the last 30 final appearances. Medvedev made it to the finals of Grand Slams in the last 3 appearances but still to hold the trophy. His US Open best is playing in the 2019 finals. Can he stop the Serbian legend from yet another crown and avenge his Australian Open 2021 finals defeat? 

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

  • Previous best US Open finish: W (2011, 2015, 2018)
  • Previous best Grand Slam showing: W (9 AO, 2 FO, 6 W, 3 USO)
  • Sets win-loss at 2021 US Open: 18-2
  • Games win-loss at 2021 US Open: 134-89
  • Time spent on court through QFs: 17 hours, 23 minutes

As per US Open stats, Djokovic has dropped the first set ten times in his 27 Grand Slam matches in 2021, but he has rebounded to win each one. He will contest his 31st major final, equal with Swiss Tennis Maestro Roger Federer.

Novak Djokovic (Serbia)

Australian Open: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021

French Open: 2016, 2021

Wimbledon: 2011, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019, 2021

US Open: 2011, 2015, 2018

Rafael Nadal (Spain)

Australian Open: 2009

French Open: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Wimbledon: 2008, 2010

US Open: 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019

Roger Federer (Switzerland)

Australian Open: 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017, 2018

French Open: 2009

Wimbledon: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2017

US Open: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Here are the only five players who have won Calendar Grand Slams: Steffi Graf, Margaret Court, Rod Laver, Maureen Connolly Brinker, Don Budge.

Rod Laver, 1962 and 1969

One of the greatest tennis players, Rod Laver, won the Career Grand Slams twice in his career in 1962 and 1969- the only player to achieve the unique feat. He achieved the landmark with a gap of seven years and ended up with 11 trophies. He won his first career Grand Slam at 24. He remains the last male singles to win Calendar Grand Slam.

Calendar Grand Slam– Steffi Graf, 1988

Steffi Graf, who has won 22 Grand Slams in her career, won the Calendar Grand Slam at a very young age of 19 in 1988. She had also won the Olympic Gold medal and WTA Tour championships. She is the only tennis player to win at least four titles at all 4 Grand Slams. The German star is considered the greatest singles player of all time.

Margaret Court, 1988

Margaret Court, who has most grand slam titles in women’s singles, had won the Calendar Grand Slam in 1970.  She is the only three singles players to win six consecutive Grand Slams titles (1969-71). She has also won singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles at every four grand slams- Boxed Set of Titles.

Maureen Connolly Brinker, 1953

Maureen Connolly of the US had won the Calendar Grand Slam in 1953. The interesting part was the fact that she didn’t lose a single set and faced Doris Hart thrice during her titles. She won as many as 9 singles titles in her tennis career.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

Don Budge, 1937

Don Budge was the first player to win a career grand slam in tennis. He went on to win 6 consecutive grand slam titles from 1937 Wimbledon to US Open in 1938. He achieved the feat at the age of 23 years. Unfortunately, he missed the games between 1940 to 1945 due to World War.

Daniil Medvedev (Russia)

  • Previous best US Open finish: Runner-up (2019)
  • Previous best Grand Slam showing: Runner-up (2019 US Open, 2021 Australian Open)
  • Sets win-loss at 2021 US Open: 17-2
  • Games win-loss at 2021 US Open: 114-57
  • Time spent on court through QFs: 11 hours, 51 minutes

Medvedev has a win-loss ratio of 31:4 in 2021 hard court events, including three titles. The 25-year-old recently won his fourth ATP Masters 1000 title on hardcourt and advanced into the semifinals of Cincinnati Masters. He has now a lead of 17-2 since Wimbledon.

Modern legacy

In 2015, Serena Williams attempted to complete a Calendar Grand Slam but was upset in the US Open semifinals by unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci. Vinci, best known for formerly being the world’s top-ranked doubles player, stunned Williams 2-6 6-4 6-4 in one of the greatest shocks in tennis history to end the American’s chances of completing the Calendar-Year Grand Slam.

After the match, Serena said, “I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me. If you have any other questions, I’m open for that.”

Six years later, Djokovic is standing in the same place Serena stood in 2015. Just one victory will ensure the Serb’s place in the annals of tennis history but a defeat might start a downward spiral. After all, just last month Djokovic had lost his opportunity to complete the Golden Slam when he was defeated by familiar foe Alexander Zverev in the Olympics semifinal.

His frustration was palpable when in the Bronze medal match against Spaniard Carreno Busta, he threw his racquet into the stands, narrowly missing the few sitting inside a near-empty stadium. The video went viral and the World No.1 came under fire for his actions. Worse, he had to come back from Tokyo empty handed after losing to Busta 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3.

Even if players downplay the importance of an achievement like the Grand Slam, the thought of it is like a siren song, slowly calling out to them through the darkness, whose allure is very difficult to resist.

For Djokovic, it’s time to tread cautiously as history beckons.

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