Novak Djokovic failed to complete the job in New York and collapsed one step from the finish line when everything seemed ready for his triumph. The world number one, who had won all three majors of the season, fell to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open 2021 without being able to win a set.
Too much psychological and physical pressure that the Serb was exposed to during the two weeks in New York pays tribute to the young Russian’s astonishing achievement. With that, Nole saw the dream of becoming the second man in the Open Era to win all four majors of the season disappear, after Rod Laver to conquer all four majors in the same year.
The 34-year-old from Belgrade also has to postpone overtaking eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking. Rumor has it that Djokovic could decide to return directly to the field at the Australian Open 2022 and thus give up Indian Wells and the ATP Finals in Turin.
In an interview with L’Equipe, Mats Wilander analyzed the men’s final of the US Open in detail.
Wilander takes stock of the US Open 2021
“Of course Novak Djokovic had enormous pressure on his shoulders.
This tension turned out to be much more stressful than most people had imagined ”- explained Wilander. “At the same time, two positive aspects of this missed Grand Slam can be identified.
The first is that the Next Gen is now ready to take over the baton. I almost hope that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will end their careers with 20 Grand Slams each. That would be cool!
Now it is a very possible eventuality. If you think about it, it is the ideal time for the final handover. The second good news is that Nole wants revenge. I think he will take a few weeks off to recharge his batteries and digest defeat.
Then he will train like an animal again in the coming months and try to re-establish himself in Melbourne. It will be a new beginning for him, ”added the Swede.