Third seed Medvedev was unable to regain the title that he won at the New York major back in 2021, where he defeated Djokovic in straight sets 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Instead, it was the Serb who emerged victorious this time around, lifting the trophy for the fourth time at Flushing Meadows and winning his 24th Grand Slam title overall, the most in the Open Era.
Djokovic dominated the match, reversing the trajectory of two years ago by winning the final in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (5), 6-3.
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Medvedev praises Djokovic after loss
Following the match, Medvedev praised his opponent's incredible ability on the court, calling his win against the World No. 1 two years ago the greatest achievement in his career so far.
"I find it amazing that I beat Novak in a Grand Slam Final. At this point, I’d say that’s the pinnacle of my career," he said.
The 27-year-old added that the strength of Djokovic and other Big Three member Rafael Nadal pushed him to be better.
"At the same time, if he and Rafa [Nadal] didn’t exist, well that’s not possible. I played five finals against them and I only managed to win one, so I don't know if it's good or bad but he pushes me to be better," he continued.
Praises Djokovic as a person
Moreover, Medvedev also praised his opponent as a person, saying that the 36-year-old has been kind to him since he was a lower-ranked player through to today.
"First we met when I was probably 500 in the world and he was super kind to me [...] He treated me as a normal person where I was surprised, I was like 'Wow, that's amazing,'" he said, "He still does. Nothing changed. 24, 30, 12 Grand Slams, nothing changed, so I think that’s something great about a person."