Austria's Dominic Thiem said Daniil Medvedev didn't care at all what was at stake for Novak Djokovic and he went out and delivered a massive performance. Medvedev prevented Djokovic from winning a record 21st Grand Slam title and a Calendar Grand Slam as he beat the Serb 6-4 6-4 6-4 in the US Open final.
“Medvedev didn’t care about all that,” Thiem said, per Tennishead. “He played sensationally from the beginning to the end, didn’t do anything stupid the whole match and, on top of that, he shot winners right and left”.
“In addition, he served really well against the best return player,. He completely deserved to win it. With the early break in the first set, he immediately got the momentum on his side and then played at a consistently really, really high level”.
Thiem thought Djokovic was under so much tension
Before the US Open final, Djokovic said he would prepare for it like it was the final match of his career. “On the other hand, you could see the tension Novak Djokovic was under – especially at the last exchange, where he was in tears,” Thiem added.
Unfortunately for Djokovic, he failed to deliver in what was maybe the biggest match of his career. "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 said. "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."