Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev to win biggest title of career

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Novak Djokovic beats Daniil Medvedev to win biggest title of career

Media playback is not supported on this device Players’ verdict on Meijer Open drama

US Open Dates: 15-27 September Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Coverage: Live radio and text commentary on selected matches on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, the BBC Sport website and app.

Qualifier Daniil Medvedev beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Meijer Masters in Grand Rapid, Michigan, to record his first ATP 500 title.

Djokovic had his 16-match winning streak snapped in defeat, while the 22-year-old Russian also claimed a first title as a player.

The Serbian world number one called the match “one of the greatest victories of my career”.

Earlier, Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Canadian Milos Raonic to win the final of the St Louis Open.

Medvedev served brilliantly in the final, beating Djokovic with a first-serve total of 86% and breaking him three times.

A couple of service breaks in the second set helped set up a 5-3 lead, which the 25-year-old Serb failed to recover, and Medvedev put the result beyond doubt in the next game.

Djokovic said: “It is the biggest disappointment of my career because I came here wanting to play my best tennis.

“I had the chance to challenge and break his serve and change the momentum. But I couldn’t stay with him.”

Djokovic, a winner of two majors this year after seven consecutive Grand Slam final losses, said he would compete in next week’s Madrid Open.

“I want to enjoy my marriage, relax a little and then go back on tour to play in Barcelona,” he added.

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The $216,000 (£164,000) win raises Medvedev’s career prize money to a career-high of $525,000 (£415,000).

“It’s been a great week, not even something I thought of while playing,” said Medvedev.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling to win in a tournament like this. Novak is a great champion, he has been in so many Grand Slam finals, but it is my first tournament in the ATP 500 and I’m happy I could win.”

The 14-time Grand Slam champion, who claimed a career-high world number one ranking in April, has now played eight finals this year – losing all of them.

The defending champion said: “If you start to feel any bad energy or nerves then it’s hard to play.

“He served unbelievable and I had no answer. I was playing badly from the baseline.

“He also had a lot of energy and was staying on the court. I was holding my serve for a long time in the match but had nothing to fall back on.”

Medvedev was named ATP and German Tour rookie of the year in 2015 but only recorded one final appearance in the first half of the year.

Nishikori was playing in his 51st career final, but won his 30th match of the season, beating Raonic 6-3 2-6 6-2.

The Japanese world number five won this year’s Miami and Indian Wells titles and is striving to be fit enough to defend his Paris Masters title in November.

Nishikori said: “When you have such a consistent year, it makes you really motivated.

“I was just fighting a lot and that really helped my game.”

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