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The number one in the world (unrecognizable) stumbles on the finish line and the Russian wins the first career slam: “A gift to my wife for her wedding anniversary”

The Grand Slam can wait, Novak Djokovic no longer lives here. The strongest player in the world collapses on the finish line, one step away from the feat that only two men have achieved in the history of tennis (Budge ’38, Laver ’62 and ’69) and who knows how long we will still have to wait for the wind to make its round again and the legend to be available for rewriting, as it had seemed until yesterday. In fact, in the final of the US Open, against a Daniil Medvedev never so determined to take a piece of the history of others, a tense and foul 34-year-old Serbian enters, a number one in the ranking that has sprung up in his arms and immediately resigned to the worst: it is the break of the first game that decides the set in favor of the Russian (6-4), who with an impeccable tactic, shoot and run, will make himself impregnable.

Supported by the serve (16 aces, 80% of points won on the first) and by the iron will to make exchanges essential, Medvedev he is surgical in the second (6-4 with a break in the fifth game) and cold in the third, when he resists the return of the Djoker to close with another 6-4. “Today is my wedding anniversary, I wanted to give my wife Daria a nice gift” he jokes after winning the first career Grand Slam, while an unrecognizable Djokovic, white in the face like someone who has seen a ghost, loses everything: the 21st Major title with which he would have overcome the eternal rivals Federer and Nadal and the Grand Slam in the calendar year, the feat that would have guaranteed him sporting immortality. And so, rushing to Flushing to attend the match of the year, the American celebrities of cinema (Brad Pitt, Bradley Cooper) and sports (Megan Rapinoe) find themselves applauding a Muscovite from crooked tennis and unpredictable, which seems to have come out of the pages of the great Russian literature: a less slothful Oblomov, but equally phlegmatic, good at keeping calm when the public at the plant tried to make him nervous, hoping to lengthen the final.
Medvedev laughs under the electric beard, world number 2 at the height of his ranking, and Djokovic cries, never so human and empathetic with the fans as in the hour of the most atrocious defeat: “Tonight, even if I didn’t win, I’m a happy man because you made me feel special.”

We will remember the US Open 2021 for a long time. Not only for the surprise of Medvedev king but also because a star was born in New York. Emma Raducanu is a supernova exploded in the galaxy of a women’s tennis already super fragmented and devoid of a dominatrix (for the fifth consecutive season the four Majors have four different queens), born from an unprecedented and very young final (37 years in two) that in addition to the burning talent of Emma Raducanu, 18, gives the sport a second left-handed star and the same brilliant, 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernandez. For Emma, ​​for the numbers with which she has branded the second Grand Slam of her life, superlatives are wasted: ten matches won in a row without losing a set or reaching the tie break, the American Grand Slam returned to Great Britain 53 years later. ancestor Virginia Wade. Emma kept Daniel Ricciardo up late, the McLaren driver who won the Monza GP yesterday, prompted Queen Elizabeth of England to pay formal compliments in writing (“Your performance will inspire generations of tennis players”, signed Elizabeth R.) and distracted Prime Minister Boris Johnson from matters of government (“Proud of You”). Nobody, neither woman nor man, had ever annexed a Grand Slam title starting from the qualifications.

The new champion did it without apparent effort, happy to have repaid, as an only child, dad Ioan, originally from Bucharest, and mom Dong Mei, Chinese from Shenyang, for the sacrifices they faced after moving from Toronto to London, Bromley neighborhood, when the baby phenomenon was two years old. The future is already here, among us, nestled at the feet of this amazing immigration daughter with an enchanting smile and Mandarin Chinese fluent enough to thank the fans in the East, ready to dominate a global market.
The jewel will be handled with care so that it does not oxidize in the rain of attention, money, pressure and expectations lined up behind the corner.
the. Today she was expected in Luxembourg to qualify for a WTA 250. She will be touring American talk shows instead.

September 13, 2021 (change September 13, 2021 | 09:09)


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