All the optimism that accompanied Daniil Medvedev’s arrival in a major final evaporated in just one hour and 53 minutes.
For all those hoping a new name would disrupt the grand slam dominance of tennis’ major players, the wait continues.
Since 2010, only seven male stars have won grand slam titles: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Dominic Thiem.
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Murray and Wawrinka have six majors between them in that time, Thiem and Cilic have one apiece and the rest have been shared between the Big Three.
Plenty expected Medvedev — riding high on a 20-match winning streak — to push Djokovic to the limit in Sunday’s Australian Open final…