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Medvedev Reveals Real Reason He Won US Open

By Richard Pagliaro | Sunday, September 12, 2021

Daniil Medvedev realized his dream of winning a Grand Slam—and revealed two personal reasons powered him to this US Open crown.

Love and a limited shopping schedule.

The second-ranked Medvedev stunned world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, denying Djokovic's dream of completing the calendar Grand Slam while celebrating his wedding anniversary to wife Dasha.

Leather is the standard gift for a third anniversary, but Medvedev celebrated with silver crediting his need for a wedding gift as key to his US Open title run.

Medvedev closed his victory speech with a message of love to his wife.

"It's the third anniversary for me and my wife today and during the tournament I couldn’t think of my present," Medvedev told fans afterward. "So after the semis, [I thought] if I lose I need to find a present fast.

"When I won the only thing I I felt if I lose I have no time to have a present. I I love you Dasha, thanks a lot."

Photo credit: Garrett Ellwood/USTA/US Open