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Russia celebrates Medvedev’s title

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Daniil Medvedev received congratula­tions from the Kremlin on Monday after ending Russia’s 16-year wait for a men’s Grand Slam title with victory over Novak Djokovic at the U.S. Open. President Vladimir Putin hailed a “brilliant victory” in an official message of congratula­tions. “On the path to the final of this prestigiou­s competitio­n, you demonstrat­ed the highest class of skill and perseveran­ce in reaching your aims and in the deciding match you performed in a confident and collected manner, not leaving a chance to a strong and renowned opponent,” Putin wrote. “That is how real champions play!” By beating Djokovic in Sunday’s final, Medvedev became the first Russian to win a major title since Maria Sharapova in 2014, and the first Russian man since Marat Safin in 2005. It was a long wait for a country which once prided itself on its strength in depth in the men’s rankings. “I’m happy that I could win and that I’ve entered my name into the history of Russian sports and tennis, in some way,” Medvedev told state TV. “... I hope that tennis will stay on the rise in Russia.”

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