'This is what happened to Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final', says top coach

Djokovic was aiming to become the first man since Laver (1969) to achieve the Calendar Slam

by Simone Brugnoli
'This is what happened to Novak Djokovic in Sunday's final', says top coach

It took a nuanced dream, a softened enterprise, a little scrawl in a work of art to "convince" the public that, for once, he was on the side of Novak Djokovic. The Serbian meets the shaking limb at the moment of the last brushstroke and his astonishing 2021 falls short of perfection.

But sport can't just be a matter of black and white, it must also be about nuance and that's where Novak won a big little battle that night. He lived a night in antithesis with him being him: he lost on the court and he won for the people.

Usually the exact opposite happens to you. The image of his head thrown almost violently under the towel to hide a sincere cry, satisfied and repentant at the same time, probably represents one of the most sporting moments in history.

The champion who has fed his soul with victories seeking consensus never found - or, in any case, in a small part compared to the other two cronies - is acclaimed and held by the hand by the public of Arthur Ashe and really gives He counts when he's late to meet them.

Very beautiful. Like the net hug with Medvedev, a gesture of unmistakable elegance. After losing, paralyzed by tension, the match that would have made him immortal in the history of all sports, Djokovic says: "I am the happiest man in the world because you made me feel special."

Toni Nadal on Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal's uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal, believes his nephew, Roger Federer, and Rod Laver would have breathed a sigh of relief after Novak Djokovic's defeat in the US Open final.

"I think that both Roger and Rafael will have breathed a sigh of relief (and I suppose Rod Laver will too) and that they should now feel a little stronger to continue with the race next year," Toni Nadal wrote. Rafael Nadal's uncle highlighted some of Laver's achievements, marveling at how he managed to win the Calendar Slam twice in his career.

"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.

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."

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