Novak Djokovic misplaced his likelihood of changing into the first male tennis star to win a twenty first Grand Slam title and the primary participant in over 50 years to win all 4 main tournaments in the identical yr, after he was defeated by Daniil Medvedev within the US Open last.
Medvedev put in a surprising efficiency at Flushing Meadows to clinch his first main title, beating the world primary in straight units, 6-4 6-4 6-4.
Talking at a information convention after the match, Djokovic, 34, stated: “After all, a part of me may be very unhappy. It is a robust one to swallow, this loss, contemplating every thing that was on the road.
“However, then again, I felt one thing I by no means felt in my life right here in New York. The gang made me (really feel) very particular. I didn’t anticipate something, however the quantity of assist and power and love I acquired from the gang was one thing that I will keep in mind without end.
“That is the rationale on the changeover I simply teared up. The emotion, the power was so robust. It is as robust as successful 21 Grand Slams. They touched my coronary heart, actually.”
By successful the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles, Djokovic gave himself the prospect to do what solely Don Budge and Rod Laver have ever managed within the males’s sport by claiming all 4 titles in the identical yr.
However the final hurdle with Medvedev, who’s 9 years his junior, proved merely past him.
Djokovic stated: “I used to be slightly below par with my sport. My legs weren’t there. I used to be attempting. I did my finest. I made plenty of unforced errors. I had no serve actually.
“Should you’re enjoying somebody like Medvedev, who hits his spots so properly, simply aces, will get plenty of free factors on his first serve, you are continually feeling stress in your service video games. It was simply one in every of nowadays the place sadly it wasn’t meant to be.
“It was a really demanding interval for me within the final 5, six months. Every little thing was coming collectively for me right here and type of accumulating all of the feelings that I have been by.
“Sadly I did not make it within the last step. However, if you draw a line, you must be very glad with the yr. Three slams and a last.
“And in tennis we study in a short time methods to flip the subsequent web page. Very quickly there are some extra challenges, extra issues which might be arising. I’ve discovered to beat these type of robust losses within the finals of slams, those that harm essentially the most.
“I nonetheless love this sport and I nonetheless really feel good on the courtroom. So long as there may be motivation and that aptitude, I will preserve using.”
Medvedev, 25, is simply the second man born within the Nineties to win a slam singles title after final yr’s champion Dominic Thiem and solely the third together with Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka to beat one of many huge three in a slam last since Juan Martin Del Potro defeated Federer in New York 12 years in the past.
“I do really feel sorry for Novak as a result of I can not think about what he feels,” stated Medvedev after his victory.
“For the boldness and for my future profession, figuring out that I beat any person who was 27-0 in a yr in Grand Slams, I misplaced to him in Australia, he was going for large historical past, and figuring out that I managed to cease him undoubtedly makes it sweeter and brings me confidence for what’s to return.”