Novak Djokovic saw the chance of completing the Grand Slam fade away on Sunday night, clearly yielding to Daniil Medvedev in the 2021 US Open final. A triple 6-4 sentenced the Serbian to the most painful defeat of his entire career, just as the banner the finish line was only a few pedal strokes.
The number 1 in the world, who had a streak of 27 Grand Slams, seemed physically and mentally exhausted, never managing to worry his opponent. In addition to having to give up - perhaps forever - the legendary goal of the 'Calendar Grand Slam', the 34-year-old from Belgrade has remained paired with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 Majors.
The 24,000 spectators of Arthur Ashe Stadium tried in every way to push Nole, who let himself go to a liberating cry during the last change of fields. Speaking to the Serbian media after the final, Djokovic also focused on his programming for the rest of the season.
Novak is registered for the Indian Wells Masters 1000 next month and is already qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin.
Djokovic missed out on the Calendar Slam
"Let me tell you - I have no plan, absolutely nothing," Novak Djokovic was quoted as saying by Sportklub.
"I don't know if I'm going to play anything, anywhere… I'm just here in New York right now." The World No. 1 claimed during his presser that despite trying everything in his power to win, he simply came up against "the better player"
"I think that I really tried to do everything in my power to prepare in the best possible way, to bring myself to the optimal state of body, mind, and spirit," the Serb replied when asked whether he could have done anything differently in the final.
"I really don't know what I would change, I really did my best… I simply played against a better player today - who had more enthusiasm and energy." The Serb admitted in his presser that he was slow on his return, which played a crucial role against a great server like Daniil Medvedev.
"I felt that I was slower and that I was missing half a step - especially on my return, which is one of my most important shots - with the indisputable fact that he served great today. This made my work even more difficult," Djokovic said.
"In the end, there remains that regret for this match - but, on the other hand, also gratitude and pride for everything that has been done here," he said.