‘Treating it like last match of my career': Medvedev stands in way of Djokovic and Grand Slam history as pair book US Open final
Added 09-11-21 01:37:02am EST - “Daniil Medvedev will aim to deprive Novak Djokovic of a record 21st Grand Slam title after the world's top two set up a mouthwatering showdown in Sunday's US Open final.” - Rt.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘Treating it like last match of my career’: Medvedev stands in way of Djokovic and Grand Slam history as pair book US Open final”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Top seed Djokovic came through a five-set epic against in-form German Alexander Zverev in their semi-final in New York on Friday (4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2), and is now just one victory from putting himself out on his own at the top of the Grand Slam standings ahead of generational rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“All in, let’s do it. I’m going to put my heart, my soul, my body, and my head into that one. I’m going to treat the next match like it’s the last match of my career," Djokovic told the Arthur Ashe stadium crowd as he looked ahead to Sunday's blockbuster with Medvedev.
"I am going to treat my next match like it is the last match of my career."Having secured a spot in the #USOpen final, Novak Djokovic is one win away from becoming the sole leader in men's career grand slams. pic.twitter.com/EWq3IvFHd1
Djokovic gained revenge against Zverev after the 24-year-old had derailed his hopes of Olympic glory – and the chance of a historic ‘Golden Slam’ – by beating him in the semi-finals in Tokyo back in July.
The Serb also ended Zverev’s remarkable 16-match winning run in a contest which contained some titanic tussles, including a 53-shot rally in the third set which went the German's way but still didn't prevent Djokovic from winning the game and the set.
"I am going to treat my next match like it is the last match of my career."Having secured a spot in the #USOpen final, Novak Djokovic is one win away from becoming the sole leader in men's career grand slams. pic.twitter.com/EWq3IvFHd1— ESPN (@espn) September 11, 2021
This was the 10th time this season that Novak Djokovic dropped the opening set in a major. He has come back to win all 10 of those matches, the most such wins by any man in a single year in the Open Era (since 1968).Djokovic is 1 win away from completing the Calendar Grand Slam pic.twitter.com/9wsYpRPFGu— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 11, 2021
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