The match between the No. 1 in the world and the two was for the latter, who with his seamless and forceful tennis, squared by his punctiliousness even on the scoreboard, was managed by the Russian from start to finish, against a 34-year-old Djokovic who was seen to be powerless despite massive support that received from the public that settled in the Arthur Ashe stadium.
The presence of Australian Rod Laver in those stands, waiting for Djokovic to reach four Grand Slam titles in the same season as he did in 1969, they left a frame of frustration in the emotional New York afternoon. The real Grand Slam (the big four in the same calendar year).
Laver, 83, had also achieved that achievement in 1962, something that the American Donald Budge had recorded in a distant 1938, while among the ladies the Australian Margaret Court had also achieved it in 1970, the German Steffi Graf in 1988 and much further back in time, in 1953, the American, Maureen Connolly.
Djokovic He was going for his fourth US Open not only for the Grand Slam, but because in this type of tournaments he had conquered 20 and he wanted to tie the tie with Nadal and the Swiss Roger Federer, who also managed 20 each.
To do this, he had thrown off German Alexander Zverev in the semifinals after five sets, and this also gave a blow to his physique and his almost a decade of age difference with Medvedev.
The frustrated participation in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games also had a deep impact on the physique of Djokovic, who also reached this final with 85 titles in his career, But this Sunday he wanted to settle in an Olympus from which it would be difficult to detach him in the future, and that is why the emotion and expectation of being witnessing a truly historical event was palpable in the spirit of the motley crowd.
But the power and practicality of the Muscovite were too much for the Serbian, that made the serve one of his most forceful weapons, since he registered 16 aces against only 6 of his rival.
The Russian, that in the semifinals he had beaten the Canadian Auger Aliassime also in three sets, he joined compatriots Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Marat Safin in winning Grand Slam tournaments.
Kafelnikov did them at Roland Garros 1996 and Australia 1999, while Safin did it here at Flushing Meadows in 2000 and also in Australia in 2005.