Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal acknowledged that Novak Djokovic was under so much pressure in the US Open final since a lot was at stake. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, would have won a record 21st Grand Slam and claimed a Calendar Grand Slam had he beaten Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Unfortunately for Djokovic, he ended up suffering a straight-set defeat in what was maybe the most important match of his career. "Djokovic knew he was facing the most crucial match of his life, the meeting that was to determine the much-talked-about debate in tennis: who is the best player in the history of our sport," Nadal said.
“It is certain that this defeat will be painful for the Serbian but he will recover. And the three will continue to give reasons to their millions of followers, still in suspense, to follow and support them for a little longer."
Djokovic admitted it was a 'tough pillow to swallow'
Losing to Medvedev wasn't easy but Djokovic felt the love of the New York crowd. "So many different emotions. What I said on the ceremony, I really mean it.
Of course, part of me is very sad. It's a tough one to swallow, this loss, I mean, considering everything that was on the line," Djokovic said. "But on the other hand I felt something I never felt in my life here in New York.
The crowd made me very special. They pleasantly surprised me. I did not know, I did not expect anything, but the amount of support and energy and love I got from the crowd was something that I'll remember forever. I mean, that's the reason on the changeover I just teared up.
The emotion, the energy was so strong. I mean, it's as strong as winning 21 Grand Slams. That's how I felt, honestly. I felt very, very special."