Former world No. 25 Mischa Zverev thought Novak Djokovic showed a human side in his defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final. Djokovic, who was aiming to break the all-time Grand Slam record and collect a Calendar Grand Slam, suffered a 6-4 6-4 6-4 defeat to Medvedev in the US Open final.
After the match, Djokovic broke down in tears. “In the end he is human because I think it’s the first time I’ve seen him cry on a tennis court,” Zverev said of Djokovic, per Tennishead. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve won or lost, he is usually a man of steel.
“He is so focussed, like a machine but we saw today he is human. He didn’t win today but I think he won the hearts of the New Yorkers, that’s for sure."
Medvedev perfectly executed his game plan against Djokovic
“Medvedev came out and really tried to slow down the game with his backhand and then sting like a scorpion with his forehand," Zverev explained.
“So, he had a game plan and did really, really well. He was so focused and determined and his game plan worked out perfectly, Novak wasn’t sure what to do”. After the final, Djokovic acknowledged his level wasn't where it needed to be.
"I mean, he was hitting his spots very well. He came out very determined on the court. You could feel that he was just at highest of his abilities in every shot. He had a lot of clarity what he needs to do tactically. He has executed it perfectly," Djokovic admitted.
"The other hand, I was just below par with my game. My legs were not there. I was trying. I did my best. Yeah, I made a lot of unforced errors. I didn't have -- no serve really. "I was below par with everything, to be honest. So just one of these days where unfortunately, yeah, wasn't meant to be."