World No.2 Daniil Medvedev is currently enjoying his time in New York post his US Open triumph. He beat Novak Djokovic in the final in straight sets 6-4,6-4,6-4 to win his maiden grand slam. He also denied Djokovic the opportunity to create history and become the first man since Rod Laver to complete the calendar slam.
Medvedev also stopped Djokovic’s unbeaten 27-match streak in majors this year. Meanwhile, on the women’s side, British teen sensation Emma Raducanu scripted history by becoming the first qualifier in tennis history to win a grand slam.
Medvedev took to twitter to congratulate the Brit and wrote: “Imagine being 18, playing in your 4th pro event, winning only a 25k before and now being US Open champ! Incredible.”
Medvedev and Raducanu are the youngest grand slam winners since the last decade and were seen in the US Open after-party with their trophies. On the ranking front, Medvedev will stay as No.2 in the world while Raducanu moves a whopping 117 places to become the new World No.23.
‘Respect for this champion’: Medvedev on Djokovic
Medvedev also took to twitter to shower respect for Djokovic. He posted a photo from the US Open final where they are seen hugging at the net at the end of the match. “Respect for this champion!” he wrote.
The Russian acknowledged Djokovic in his winner’s speech too. “I’m sorry for you fans and for you Novak, we knew what you could accomplish,” Medvedev said.
“When you see that you did it during your career … I can say it now, but to me you’re the greatest player of history . I know it can be a little disrespectful to other guys. But I think so”.