'Should be ashamed': Uproar over 'sickening' scenes in US Open final

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Daniil Medvedev, pictured here in action during the US Open final.
Daniil Medvedev was loudly booed by the crowd while serving on match point. Image: Getty

The US Open crowd has once again been condemned around the tennis world after Daniil Medvedev was booed on match point in Sunday's final.

Medvedev shocked the tennis world on Sunday after taking down Djokovic in straight sets to deny the World No.1 a historic calendar year grand slam.

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The Russian prevailed 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to claim his first major title, becoming the first player of his generation to beat one of the 'Big 3' in a grand slam final.

It appeared as though Medvedev was going to run away with the third set when he served for the match at 5-2.

However Djokovic managed to grab his first break of the match to delight the crowd that was so desperate to see the final extended a little longer.

However things took an unsavoury turn when Medvedev was loudly booed on match point.

The strange scenes appeared to throw the World No.2 and he subsequently dropped his serve, only to win it two games later.

He was also booed while serving at 5-4 in ugly scenes that sparked outrage on social media.

Many labelled the crowd's behaviour "appalling" and "shameful".

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Daniil Medvedev stuns Novak Djokovic to win US Open

Djokovic was also chasing a record-setting 21st grand slam trophy to move one clear of his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

But Russian 25-year-old Medvedev, who had lost to Djokovic in the final at the Australian Open this year and to Nadal in the final at Flushing Meadows in 2019, served out the two hour 15 minute match at the second attempt.

Djokovic's bid to sweep the US, French Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon in the same year for the first time since Rod Laver did it 52 years ago collapsed at the last hurdle, with 83-year-old Aussie legend Laver among 23,700 watching at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic, pictured here after the US Open final.
Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic embrace after the US Open final. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Instead of joining immortals Laver and Don Budge, who completed the first men's Slam in 1938, Djokovic became the third man to fall at the final match attempting to complete the Slam after Australians Jack Crawford in 1933 and Lew Hoad in 1956.

Medvedev became the third Russian man to win a grand slam title after Yevgeny Kafelnikov at the 1996 French Open and 1999 Australian Open and Marat Safin at the 2000 US Open and 2005 Australian Open.

Djokovic saved two break points to hold the third game but Medvedev held through to take the first set in 36 minutes, never facing a break point.

It was the fifth consecutive match in which Djokovic dropped the first set.

Medvedev dropped only three points on his serve in the first set and never looked back.

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