The final of the US Open 2021 did not meet the predictions of the eve, on the contrary it immediately turned into a solo by Daniil Medvedev. The young Russian, who won the first Grand Slam of his career, demolished Novak Djokovic in three sets, preventing him from achieving the 'Calendar Grand Slam'
The number 1 in the world, physically and mentally exhausted, has never managed to enter the game and impose his rhythm from the baseline. The Serbian phenomenon has therefore seen the dream of becoming the second player in the Open Era vanish after Rod Laver to conquer all four majors in the same year.
Nole also failed to overtake eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with the Big 3 remaining paired at 20 Grand Slams each. Fans fear that this defeat could have serious repercussions on Djokovic's future. In his column on 'El Pais', Toni Nadal highlighted how Novak was unable to withstand the pressure one step away from the finish line.
Uncle Toni opens up on Novak Djokovic
"Even great champions, sometimes, nerves betray them and prevent them from withstanding the pressure that they must take at any given moment," Uncle Toni said. "This is what happened to Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final."
Toni Nadal believes Djokovic was under so much pressure as a win against Medvedev would have all but cemented his status as the GOAT of men's tennis. "He (Djokovic) knew that he was facing the most crucial game of his life, the meeting that was to determine the debate that has been talked about so much in the tennis field: who is the best player in the history of our sport," wrote the Spaniard.
"The Serbian, Federer or Rafael. It is true that the three of them treasure the most Grand Slam tournaments in their showcases, 20 each, but it is also true that both fans and experts have rather short memories and we only consider current players.
I think it would be a serious mistake not to include Rod Laver among those situated on the historical pinnacle of tennis," he continued. "Today, no one has managed to match him in completing the Grand Slam in the same year.
He did it twice, in 1962 and 1969 and, between one and the other, seven years passed in which he could not compete because the professionals could not participate in the Majors." Toni Nadal then elaborated on the factors that allowed Daniil Medvedev to dominate Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.