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Daniil Medvedev ends Novak Djokovic’s Grand Slam quest with a rout in the U.S. Open final

Daniil Medvedev denied Novak Djokovic's shot at history. (John G. Mabanglo/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

NEW YORK — Over the past decade, Novak Djokovic has set about transforming himself into an athlete with virtually no tactical, physical or psychological weakness.

His endgame was audacious: to not only insert himself into the two-way conversation of tennis greatness being waged by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal but to stake his claim as the greatest man ever to play the game.

Sunday’s U.S. Open final represented the last step, but it was derailed by Daniil Medvedev, who staged a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 upset that halted Djokovic’s bid for the Grand Slam, which hasn’t been achieved by a man since Rod Laver in 1969, and denied the men’s record 21st major that would have broken Djokovic’s three-way tie with Federer and Nadal.