Novak Djokovic is one victory away from the elusive Calendar Grand Slam and a record 21st career Major title – a feat that may grant him GOAT status. An epic Final against Daniil Medvedev awaits.
Here are The Wolf’s US Open tips for the Men’s Final.
Fresh off a historic Women’s Final where Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier to win a Slam title in the open era, the Wolf is anticipating more history to follow on Monday. Novak Djokovic will look to become the first man to win the calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver in 1969 – and in successful, he would also break the men’s Grand Slam record with 21 career majors.
It will not be easy for the world number one – on the other side of the net is the very in-form Daniil Medvedev who has reached his second US Open Final, only dropping the one set this tournament. The Russian’s last major final came at this year’s Australian Open where he was embarrassed by Djokovic in straight sets.
The Wolf tipped the Russian at $5 pre-tournament with the expectation that Zverev was going to reach the final but now that Djokovic is on the brink of history, it’s hard to imagine a reversal on what occurred back in February.
Although Djokovic hasn’t been at 100% and Medvedev may actually be playing the better tennis of the two, in this moment, the world number one will not let this opportunity slip. Djokovic has a 5-3 career record against Medvedev, 4-2 on the hard courts, but it’s his form against top-10 opposition which is most impressive. He’s 10-2 in 2021 against top-10 players, 8-0 in Grand Slams. However, it hasn’t been regulation with seven of those victories going to four or more sets.
Medvedev on the other hand is only 5-3 against top-10 players this year, losing his last three matches against top-10 opposition. At majors, that record is 2-2 including his straight sets Australian Open Final loss to Djokovic.
One thing I’m certain of is that this will not be a straight sets victory. Djokovic has lost the opening set in his last four matches and I expect a better showing from the Russian this time around. The Wolf expects this to go the distance – we know Djokovic is a performer, and no better way to make history than in a five-set classic.