Father's brutal confession about Daniil Medvedev's US Open triumph

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Daniil Medvedev (pictured) gestures on the podium after winning the US Open final.
The father of Daniil Medvedev (pictured) admitted he didn't watch the US Open final because he didn't want the stress as a result of a heart condition. (Getty Images)

Daniil Medvedev stunned the tennis world after a near flawless performance to defeat Novak Djokovic in the men's US Open final, but his father wasn't able to watch the Russian's crowning moment.

Medvedev produced his best match of the year to defeat Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to halt the World No.1's charge for 21 major titles and end hopes of a calendar grand slam.

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The Russian was in imperious form from the start and Djokovic couldn't find the answer even if the crowd rallied behind the Serb's quest for tennis immortality.

Medvedev was all class in his post-match speech, but his family back in Russia have now revealed his father couldn't watch the match.

Medvedev's father, Sergei, avoided watching his son in the US Open final due to his arrhythmia, according to Sportskeeda.

Sergei didn't want the tension to affect him so he avoided the final until his wife came in and told him the news.

"Was surprisingly calm last night. I didn't watch the match. During the match, I lay with my eyes closed and counted to myself to 600. And so again and again, until my wife came in," he told Russian publication Sports Express, according to Sportskeeda.

"I hardly slept at night," he added.

"And now in the morning I feel arrhythmia again. This is how success and victories come to the parents of a champion. "

Daniil Medvedev's unusual US Open final preparation

Medvedev admitted after the US Open final he was an avid gamer, after revealing his now-iconic celebration was a dedication to the football game FIFA.

However, Medvedev said he chose to watch the F1 and English Premier League clash between Liverpool and Leeds before his match.

"But I watched Formula 1 - Verstappen and Hamilton, that unreal crash," Medvedev added.

"I got into Formula 1 three years ago and hardly miss any races. Then I watched Leeds vs Liverpool. There I had Trent (Alexander-Arnold who is on Medvedev's fantasy team) assisting, Raphinha doing nothing."

After his maiden grand slam final, Medvedev showed class towards a clearly distraught Djokovic.

"First of all, I think this is the first time I've been so nervous saying my speech," Medvedev said.

"I want to say, sorry for you fans and Novak because we all know what he was going for today.

"I just want to say...what you have accomplished this year and throughout your career, I never said this to anybody, but I'll say it right now, for me you are the greatest tennis player in history."

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