History Denied

Even Daniil Medvedev knows that Novak Djokovic’s loss at the U.S. Open was a bigger story than his first major victory.

The 25-year-old Russian pulled off an impressive upset in straight sets, but his triumph will be most remembered for denying Djokovic history: the first men’s calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969 and a record-breaking 21st major title.

  • Medvedev took home $2.5 million while Djokovic received $1.25 million for runner-up.
  • Djokovic leads the tour in 2021 earnings ($7.4 million), while Medvedev is second ($5.6 million).
  • Even in defeat, Djokovic increased his lead on Roger Federer for most career earnings in ATP history ($153.1 million to $130.6 million).

Now, Djokovic — who is still ranked world No. 1 — will have to wait until January’s Australian Open to try to break his major-title tie with Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Medvedev was downright apologetic for ending the Serb’s attempt at history, acknowledging to the fans at Flushing Meadows, “We all know what he was going for today.”

The dramatic upset capped an incredible weekend that also saw Emma Raducanu defeat Leylah Fernandez in an all-teen women’s final to become the first qualifier to ever win a Grand Slam title.