It was the most surprising finals of the last seasons, with two teenagers as stars: 18-years-old WTA world no. 150 Emma Raducanu won the US Open 2021 women's singles by beating her young Canadian peer Leylah Fernandez in straight sets, with the final score of 6-4 6-3, dominating the final and winning a well-deserved and unexpected title.
She did it all without losing a set in 10 games and getting her opponents to 5 games in a single set on only one occasion, in the second round of qualifying against Georgian Blokvadze. Raducanu played a simply perfect match, using her lethal weapons such as reading the opponent's movements and as a range of fundamentals that are simply very effective, both from the baseline, and through some interesting variations.
Her Canadian opponent, in the most important moment of the tournament, showed some problems with her serve, usually very effective, and some physical exhaustion, compared to what was seen in the last fortnight. However, it was probably the coolest final of the last few years in the women's singles.
With this result, the young Briton will gain tomorrow from position no.150 in the WTA ranking to position no. 23. Leylah Fernandez, on the other hand, rises from n. 73 to n. 28 of the ranking. Emma Raducanu becomes the youngest Grand Slam winner since 17-year-old Maria Sharapova won Wimbledon in July 2004.
She is also the first British woman to win a Slam title since Virginia Wade won Wimbledon 1977 44 years ago. At the end of the match, the young winner of the US Open 2021 celebrates her victory from New York by climbing the stands of Arthur Ashe Stadium, embracing and joyfully joining her staff members in her box.
US Open: Novak Djokovic and Medvedev in the final!
Novak Djokovic is one step away from history, after winning in 5 sets against Alexander Zverev in the semifinal of the US Open 2021. Even in the era of the three phenomena that have engulfed any tournament and precluded all hope from all others, no one had ever been so close from the dream called Grand Slam.
The Serbian is now where he hoped to be: only Daniil Medvedev separates him from the perfect year, without blemish or defeat. Sascha Zverev gives up with honor, one who in the second half of 2021 reconciled with himself by becoming a fantastic player (on the court, let's leave out all the ousite problems).
Djokovic wins with a score of 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in 3h38m. On Sunday Daniil Medvedev will play the third final in a Grand Slam tournament, the second in New York after the one lost in five sets against Nadal in 2019 and also the second in a 2021 that nails him - with merit - to the second seat of the ranking, the first if the Serbian extraterrestrial is excluded.
Felix Auger-Aliassime could have won the second set - where he was 5-2 ahead - but if he had probably won it, it would have changed the form of the Russian's victory, but not the substance. A single break decides the first fraction, the one that Medvedev scores at 3-3 at the first and only chance of the set for those who are in response.
Ahead 5-2 in the second set, the Canadian collapses badly undergoing a partial of five consecutive games, winning just two of the last 17 points. The Canadian also missed two setpoints at 5-3 with his serve available in a game that also saw him ahead 30-0.
Basically the young Canadian's game ends here in what is thought to be the first of a substantial series of Grand Slam semifinals. Medvedev at the start puts two breaks away between himself and Auger-Aliassime and ends up by marking a success 6-2 that has never really been questioned.