Novak Djokovic's dream of completing the Grand Slam shattered in the US Open final on Sunday night. The number 1 in the world bowed sharply to a simply perfect Daniil Medvedev, who avenged the blow he had at the Australian Open by putting his first career Slam on the board.
Should he triumph at Flushing Meadows, the Serbian phenomenon would have become the second player in the Open Era after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same season. The 21st Grand Slam would also have allowed him to overtake eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time ranking.
We now wonder what the 34-year-old from Belgrade will be planning, who may not return to the field in 2021 to recharge his batteries. It wouldn't be surprising to see Nole straight back to the 2022 Australian Open. In a recent conversation on Eurosport, Alex Corretja said Djokovic shouldn't be too hard on himself despite collapsing one step away from the finish line.
In fact, his season remains on the verge of perfection.
Corretja on Novak Djokovic
"This is a learning process for Novak Djokovic as well and I'm sure he will come back strong," Corretja said. In that context, Corretja asserted that the reigning Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion should take pride in his performances this year, as that would help him begin on a fresh note for the future.
"He (Novak Djokovic) needs to realise that his season was perfect and it was just that he lost a couple of matches," Corretja added. "For him it's going to relieve the whole pressure and he will take on new goals for the future.
And that will come again in winning the Australian Open next year, or even the ATP Finals at the end of this year if he decides not to take a little bit of time off to chill," Corretja concluded. Mats Wilander, who was also part of the conversation with Alex Corretja, spoke a few words on how Daniil Medvedev managed to outplay Novak Djokovic in Sunday's US Open final.
"He neutralized Novak's game a little bit," Wilander said. "He didn't hit too hard. A lot of his shots were going down the middle of the court and he was asking Novak to actively do something and show that he has the power to hit through him.
Medvedev was serving incredibly well and you need to do that for free points. Medvedev was too smart, too strong physically," Wilander added.