It took a nuanced dream, a smoothed out enterprise, a small scribble on a work of art to 'convince' the public to be, for once, on Novak Djokovic's side. The Serbian finds himself with a trembling limb at the moment of the last stroke of the brush and his amazing 2021 does not reach perfection.
But sport cannot only be a matter of black and white, it must also be about the nuance and that's where Nole won a small, big battle last night. A night lived in antithesis with him being him: he lost on the pitch and won for the people.
Usually the exact opposite happens to him. The image of the head thrown almost violently under the towel to hide a sincere cry, satisfied and sorry at the same time, probably represents one of the highest sporting moments ever.
The champion who has fueled his soul with victories seeking consensus never found - or, in any case, in a minimal part compared to the other two cronies - finds himself acclaimed and taken by the hand by the Arthur Ashe public and he really realizes it when he is late to satisfy them.
Very beautifull. Like the net hug with Medvedev, a gesture of unequivocal elegance. After losing, paralyzed by tension, the match that would have made him immortal in the history of all sports, Djokovic says: "I am the happiest man in the world because you made me feel special."
He who knows that this crack in the armor does not change the history of the relationship between the Serbian and the public of each stadium. And, above all, what will become of Djokovic the tennis player from tomorrow?
Nole is entered to play Indian Wells next month
Speaking to members of the Serbian media after the final, Novak Djokovic refused to commit to anything regarding the rest of his 2021 schedule.
The 34-year-old is entered to play Indian Wells next month and has already qualified for the ATP Finals in November, but it now seems possible he will skip both tournaments. "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." Novak Djokovic trailed Daniil Medvedev from start to finish in his 31st Major final, and gave up four breaks of serve.
"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. Unfortunately, I was not the freshest in my legs, I was running out of 'fuel' - and those are the nuances that decide," the World No. 1 said.