World No. 1 Novak Djokovic congratulated Daniil Medvedev and Emma Raducanu on their victories at the US Open. Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, won his maiden Grand Slam title after beating Djokovic in the final 6-4 6-4 6-4.
In the US Open women's singles final, Raducanu, 18, beat 19-year-old Leylah Fernandez 6-4 6-3. "Congratulations to both Champions. Amazing fairytale story on woman’s side with 2 teenagers competing in the finals.
@emmaraducanu you are fantastic 👏🙌 Daniil,you absolutely deserve your first Grand Slam title," Djokovic said in an Instagram post. After seeing Djokovic's post, Medvedev responded in the comments: "Thank you so much Novak for your words.
You are a true champion and ispiration."
Djokovic fell short of making a tennis history
Djokovic, 34, was on the verge of breaking the all-time Grand Slam record and becoming the first player since 1969 to win all four Majors in the same year.
So much pressure was on Djokovic's shoulders and he couldn't overcome. Djokovic was sad because of the loss but jhe enjoyed playing in front of the US Open crowd. "So many different emotions. What I said on the ceremony, I really mean it.
Of course, part of me is very sad. It's a tough one to swallow, this loss, I mean, considering everything that was on the line," Djokovic said. "But on the other hand I felt something I never felt in my life here in New York.
The crowd made me very special. They pleasantly surprised me. I did not know, I did not expect anything, but the amount of support and energy and love I got from the crowd was something that I'll remember forever. I mean, that's the reason on the changeover I just teared up.
The emotion, the energy was so strong. I mean, it's as strong as winning 21 Grand Slams. That's how I felt, honestly. I felt very, very special."