Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev in a 2023 US Open final that was the opposite of what happened two years ago, on the same stage and with the same protagonists. Then, the success from the back of the court marked the match, in which the Russian tennis player won his first Grand Slam. Djokovic was not going to fail on this occasion and incorporated into his winning plan a trick that Carlos Alcaraz had already used in the semifinal against Medvedev, although the Spaniard was unable to defeat the finalist in New York.
Medvedev is a completely unorthodox tennis player, with shots that no other player on the circuit has and that, for better and worse, make him a unique player. In his case, at least as far as decisive matches are concerned, he finds his position in the rest, extremely backward and without the possibility of modification, given what has been seen. Carlos Alcaraz, as part of a strategy always worked carefully together with Juan Carlos Ferrero, chose to use the serve and volley to damage Daniil, with good results in several sections of their US Open semifinal.
Although Alcaraz could not defeat the best version of Medvedev in the last year, he did manage to score many points with an open serve and closing with the volley on the second shot of the point. The good wrist of the Murcian served to successfully carry out this strategy, which Novak Djokovic surely pointed out, who chose to apply the same punishment to his rival in the US Open final, with results as successful as or more successful than those of Carlos. Alcaraz in this regard.
The secret is in the serve
In the ‘deuce’ zone, both Alcaraz in the semi-finals and Djokovic in the final opted for a cut and open serve – lifted and also open on the opposite side – on most occasions, to make Medvedev, in addition to being behind, I had to subtract heeling and with practically no angles. The extreme precision of the Moscow tennis player saved him against Alcaraz with improbable shots, on some occasions, but on the majority, the winner was the Spaniard, as did Novak Djokovic in a final that goes down in tennis history as it was the 24th Grand Slam in the Serbian showcases.
The data is on Djokovic’s side, who, in addition to adding many more points than he usually does with winners at the net, only lost serve on one occasion, already in the third set and with the wind in his favor, conceding only three breaking points. to Medvedev in the entire final. When there was insecurity or parity with Nole’s serve, the Serbian opted for the trick that Alcaraz had implemented and which clearly helped him become the king of the US Open for the fourth time in his career.
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