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Daniil Medvedev did much more than earn his first Grand Slam last Sunday against Novak Djokovic. With his title at the US Open, the Moscow one beat the Serbian for the first time in a major, left the heads-up between the two almost even (5-4 for Nole) and succeeded Rafa Nadal and Ivan Lendl as the last tennis player capable of proclaiming himself champion in New York, giving up only one set (The Balearic did it in 2010 and the Czech in 1987). “For the confidence and for my future career, to know that beating someone who was 27-0 in a year at Grand Slams definitely makes it sweeter. It gives me confidence for what will come now on hard court, but we will see on other surfaces, “Medvedev analyzed at the end of the final.

And it will be in the immediate future, when it comes to Grand Slams, when the Russian must take a step forward if he wants to progress in his career. By the way, breaking the 'curse' that seems to plague some of the last tennis players who have released their record of majors at the US Open, since Del Potro (2009), Cilic (2014) and Thiem (2020) they have not reached the top again in any of the four great tournaments of the circuit since they conquered the Big Apple. But Daniil's progression offers plenty of guarantees to think that the same will not happen to him. As well demonstrated before the number 1, already he is much more than a 'Master'.

“Knowing that I beat someone 27-0 at Grand Slams this year makes it sweeter.”


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This refers to the barrier that Medvedev broke down with his success at Flushing Meadows. And is that of the last champions of the ATP Finals (popularly known as 'Teachers Cup') Outside the Big Three, only the Muscovite has been able to win a Grand Slam afterwards. Grigor Dimitrov (who doesn't even know what it's like to be in the final of a major), Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas They give proof of this despite the fact that the latter two had it close: the German fell to Thiem last year in the US Open final and the Greek did the same this season against Djokovic at Roland Garros. But for both there is hope, since Daniil did not release his locker until the third attempt: he lost to Nadal at the US Open 2019 and to Nole in the last edition of Australia. The mirror to look into is Medvedev, more than a 'Master' …