After a Saturday that saw the first qualifier — man or woman — win a Grand Slam tournament when Emma Raducanu captured the women’s title, Sunday could serve up a double-dip of history at the US Open.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic enters his final match against Daniil Medvedev with two historic moments ready to happen. The 34-year-old Serbian star needs one win to break a three-way tie with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for most men’s singles Grand Slam titles. They are tied at 20. He’ll also finish off the first calendar Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.
“I’m hugely inspired and motivated by that, no doubt,” he said before the tournament began. It has been 33 years since Graf and 52 since the last man, Rod Laver, accomplished the feat.
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The final won’t be a walkover for Djokovic. He’ll be facing the No. 2-ranked Medvedev. The Russian, who was just as excited as every tennis fan to watch Djokovic take on Alexander Zverev in the semis, will be playing in his third career Grand Slam final. He lost to Nadal in the 2019 US Open final and in January was runner-up to Djokovic at the Australian Open. Overall, Djokovic holds a 5-3 record against the 25-year-old Medvedev.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2021 US Open men’s final, including TV information, start time, live stream options and more:
2021 US Open men’s final start time
- Date: Sunday, Sept. 12
- Time: 4 p.m. ET
Networks will air a one-hour preview show beginning at 3 p.m. ET.
What channel is the 2021 US Open men’s final on?
- TV channel (United States): ESPN, ESPN Deportes
- TV channel (Canada): TSN1/4
ESPN will air the 2021 US Open men’s final in the United States and TSN will have the match in Canada. As mentioned above, coverage begins at 3 p.m. ET with a preview show before the match gets underway at 4 p.m. ET.
How to stream the 2021 US Open men’s final live
- Live stream (United States): ESPN, fuboTV
- Live stream (Canada): TSN Direct
To watch what will surely be an entertaining match, fans can live stream the action on TSN Direct in Canada and ESPN’s app or fuboTV in the United States. FuboTV offers a seven-day free trial.
How did Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev advance to the final?
(1) Novak Djokovic’s road to the final:
|First||Holger Rune||6-1, 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-1|
|Second||Tallon Griekspoor||6-2, 6-3, 6-2|
|Third||Kei Nishikori||6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3, 6-2|
|Round of 16||Jenson Brooksby||1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2|
|Quarterfinals||(6) Matteo Berrettini||5-7, 6-2, 6-2, 6-3|
|Semifinals||(4) Alexander Zverev||4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2|
(2) Daniil Medvedev’s road to the final:
|First||Richard Gasquet||6-4, 6-3, 6-1|
|Second||Dominik Koepfer||6-4, 6-1, 6-2|
|Third||Pablo Andujar||6-0, 6-4, 6-3|
|Round of 16||Dan Evans||6-3, 6-4, 6-3|
|Quarterfinals||Botic van de Zandschulp||6-3, 6-0, 4-6, 7-5|
|Semifinals||Félix Auger-Aliassime||6-4, 7-5, 6-2|
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Last 10 US Open men’s singles champions
In the Open Era, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras and Roger Federer sit atop the leaderboard with five titles each. Djokovic enters the final with three career titles in Flushing.
|2012||Andy Murray||Great Britain|