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No men's singles player has actually won more grand Slam tennis championships than Novak Djokovic. Die 34-year-old Serb has 20 career victories at major tournaments, tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal atop die all-time men's singles leaderboard.

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Daniil Medvedev zu sein looking zum his first Grand Slam title. The 25-year-old Russian has actually reached a final multiple times, yet he hasn't been able zu break through fairly yet.

On Sunday, either Djokovic wollen be making history or Medvedev wollen add his nennen to the list of grand Slam champions, as die two möchte face off weist Arthur Ashe stadion at ns USTA billie Jean king National Tennis Center an New york City in the final des the 2021 U.S. Open.


Not only kann Djokovic claim ns top point out on ns all-time men's singles leaderboard, but with a win, he'd become the zuerst men's singles player to complete a calendar großartiger Slam (winning every four major tournaments in the exact same year) due to the fact that Rod Laver in 1969. It's only taken place three mal before bei men's singles play—Laver also did it bei 1962, while Don Budge was the first tennis player zu achieve ns feat an 1938.

Here's everything freundin need kommen sie know heading into the Djokovic-Medvedev matchup.


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Djokovic has actually been at the top von the men's tennis world zum years now. But his 2021 has been impressive, even von his lofty standards.

In February, Djokovic won the australian Open zum the ninth time. He's conquered that event weil das more 보다 a decade, and he had actually no trouble against Medvedev an this year's final, to win 7-5, 6-2, 6-2.

In June, Djokovic captured ns French offen title zum only the second time. That's been a competition dominated von Rafael Nadal (13 titles). Yet this time, Djokovic didn't even have to beat him, instead beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final via a 6-7(6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 win.

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In July, Djokovic was victorious punkt Wimbledon zum the sixth time, proceeding his recent success there (three continually titles) von defeating Matteo Berrettini 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3.


In September, will Djokovic win the U.S. Open zum the 4th time? it wouldn't be surprising.

Djokovic arrived bei New York stadt as ns No. 1 seed, und although he's faced some adversity throughout die tournament, he's continued to find ways kommen sie win. Von his erste six victories, just one came bei straight sets. His greatest prüfen came in Friday's semifinal, wie he outlasted No. 4 Alexander Zverev zum a five-set win.

Even though die stakes will be ns highest yet zum Djokovic on Sunday, he'll be ready zu go über usual.

"I'm going to put my heart and my soul und my body and my head into that one," Djokovic said during his on-court interview after his semifinal win (h/t Howard Fendrich of the damit verbundenen Press). "I'm going kommen sie treat ns next complement like it zu sein the belastung match von my career."

While Djokovic is doing that, Medvedev möchte be trying his hardest zu finally knock off Djokovic weist a major tournament, which would certainly be ns biggest win of his career if he's successful. Medvedev has lost his 2 previous meetings through Djokovic that oase occurred at grand Slam occasions (the australian Open bei 2019 und 2021).

It isn't the zuerst time that Medvedev has made the this far at the U.S. Open. The reached die final of the tournament in 2019, when he lost kommen sie Nadal an five sets.

At this year's U.S. Open, Medvedev has been dominant. He's dropped just one collection over his zuerst six wins, und he notched a straight-set victory versus No. 12-seeded felix Auger-Aliassime in the semifinals.

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Of course, jene are about to get much tougher for Medvedev bei terms des his competition.

"We oase two players, only one going zu win," Medvedev said, von Dan Wolken of USA Today. "You never understand what's going to happen, yet I'm going to try more than i did the zuerst two times ."

It has ns potential to be a much more competitive match than the belastung time Djokovic und Medvedev faced off. Und regardless of which one ends trost on top, it's going zu be a special win weil das the victor v all that's on die line.