MOSCOW (AP) — 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.
Medvedev had to cope with a New York crowd which had expected to see Djokovic complete an historic calendar-year sweep of major titles. Some fans jeered Medvedev as he closed in on victory.