Raducanu and Medvedev signal new era and shift grand slam expectations – Tennis | The Guardian

Emma Raducanu’s victory as a qualifer and Daniil Medvedev’s upset win over Novak Djokovic showed the game is changing

As Novak Djokovic sat silently in his chair after being thoroughly outplayed by Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final on Sunday, a match he had suggested may be the most important of his life as he chased the grand slam, his immediate emotion in defeat was not pain, anger or sorrow, but simple relief.

“I was glad it was over because the buildup for this tournament and everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot,” he said.

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