Russian tennis player, Daniil Medvedev, became the 2021 US Open men’s champion on Sunday, September 12, after having defeated a top-ranked Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic, in three straight sets with scores of 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, RT reports.
It is noted that the victory marks the very first US Open leadership for the 25-year-old athlete from Russia since 2017 when he took the trophy in the grand slam for the men’s doubles tournament. The last Russian player to win a Grand Slam crown, Maria Sharapova, was also watching the game.
👋👋👋 5 sets, anyone?? https://t.co/cCuPDfw9TF
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) September 12, 2021
As Medvedev beat the first racket of the world, this couldn’t but touched the hearts of the leading athletes. The 11-time Grand Slam singles winner, Australian Rod Laver, shared the admiration of the Russian athlete in his Twitter post.
Simply stunning Daniil Medvedev, you stopped one of the greatest tonight. To win your first Grand Slam title is always special, to do it against a champion like Novak Djokovic is something else. Take heart Novak, the quest continues. Best wishes, 🚀
— Rod Laver (@rodlaver) September 12, 2021