Eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia defeated fourth-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia in straight sets in the final match of the men’s singles tennis tournament Saturday at the U.S. Open.
The match lasted three hours, 13 minutes.
“I feel really happy, to be honest. It’s a wonderful victory,” Medvedev said. “It is not often that I beat a great champion like Novak. So I am really happy.”
The unseeded Medvedev defeated the sixth-seeded American John Isner in the semifinals Friday.
“I don’t believe that I could be in this final,” Isner said. “I was just happy to make the quarterfinals. I never thought I would be in the last four.”
Medvedev was playing in his first Grand Slam final, while Djokovic has nine Grand Slam titles, including six in the last seven years.
In the women’s singles tennis final, Serena Williams became the oldest woman to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era. She defeated Italy’s defending champion Francesca Schiavone to win the title for the 23rd time, at age 36 years, 2 months.
The win gave Williams her first Grand Slam title since winning at the 2014 Australian Open. The No. 1-ranked Williams, who was in trouble in the early rounds, pulled out her coach Patrick Mouratoglou and tearfully apologized for her behavior this year and vowed to play better next year.
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