Daniil Medvedev said his it was 'not an easy journey' to win his first major title after beating Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.
Medvedev was playing in his third Grand Slam final, having lost the previous two to Rafael Nadal (2019 US Open) and Djokovic (2021 Australian Open).
With all the focus and pressure seemingly on Djokovic's shoulders as he chased a calendar Grand Slam, Medvedev was able to relax and win in straight sets.
"I want to thank my team, those who are here and watching," Medvedev said after the match.
"My parents, my family, my sisters. Some of my friends are here - thank you guys because it is not an easy journey to win a Slam.
"I'm really thankful to you for helping me throughout this journey.
"I want to thank you guys [the crowd]. Today it was maybe a little bit more for Novak but that's completely understandable.
"Throughout the week you guys gave me a lot of energy. Starting from 2019 long ago, it helped me through to today. It was not easy but thanks a lot guys."
The win was not enough for Medvedev to challenge Djokovic's world number one spot, although it did extend his lead over world number three Stefanos Tsitsipas.
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