Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem expects world No. 1 Novak Djokovic to be "as strong as ever" in 2022 following a disappointing US Open ending. Djokovic failed to win a record 21st Grand Slam and a Calendar Grand Slam after losing the US Open final to Daniil Medvedev.
"One unbelievable goal slipped out of his hands yesterday,” Thiem told Stats Perform. “I expect him to be as strong as ever in 2022. I think after he won in Roland-Garros, everybody was only talking about the calendar slam – first about the Golden Slam, and then about the calendar slam”.
Djokovic was on the verge of becoming the first player since 1969 to win all Grand Slams in the same year.b “He [Djokovic] was under pressure. Nobody can feel that or anything like that because of it being the calendar slam," Thiem noted.
Thiem could relate to Djokovic
"I can feel it in a smaller way, probably from last year’s final and from some other matches. And at some points it’s just getting to you. And so, I really felt for him as well towards the end of the match," Thiem added.
“So, it can happen that it also makes him even stronger next year when all these talks and all this pressure is not that big anymore”. Djokovic was under so much pressure over the last two months and he felt a relief after the US Open ended.
"Relief. I was glad it was over because the buildup for this tournament and everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot. It was a lot to handle," Djokovic said.
"I was just glad that finally the run is over. At the same time I felt sadness, disappointment, and also gratitude for the crowd and for that special moment that they've created for me on the court."