Novak Djokovic could not complete the feat of winning the Calendar Grand Slam and now everything seems to be a nightmare, but it is necessary to put what the Serbian has achieved in perspective, losing only 1 of the 28 matches played this year in major events.
His long and successful career is blowing up any imaginable forecast and breaking historical records, like the ones he broke when he was a finalist at the US Open 2021. Here are some of the highlights: -Player who is closest to completing the Calendar Grand Slam since Rod Laver did it in 1969, being the only player to win the first three majors of a season.
-Tennis player with the most finals played at Flushing Meadows throughout the Open Era, with 9; he surpassed the 8 of Sampras and Lendl. -Man with the most triumphs over top-10 tennis players, with 225, improving on Federer's 224, Nadal's 178, Lendl's 166 and Connors' 131 -First tennis player of the Open Era to overcome a set disadvantage in four games.
Woodbridge on Djokovic's sentiments
Following his defeat in the US Open final, Novak Djokovic was asked whether he felt that the Next Gen had finally taken over the reins. Todd Woodbridge has now echoed Djokovic's sentiments, claiming that the Serb's loss in the US Open final marks the end of the Big 3 era.
"With sport, things move on really quickly, new stories, new drama is always created," the 50-year-old said. "This tournament [the 2021 US Open] was a real pivot in the tennis world. I feel that the era of the 'Big 3' is over," he added.
"Novak may still win one or two more Majors, but I think there's a feeling that this younger generation now see themselves as Grand Slam winners." The Aussie further claimed athletes need the motivation that comes from such long-standing rivalries, which is why he believes Djokovic would be hoping for Nadal and Federer to return soon.
"I'm not suggesting Novak will fall off a cliff, because he'll still have the goal of winning a 21st Slam," Woodbridge continued. "But I think Novak would love it if Rafa came back to challenge him, because that's the type of motivation an athlete needs.
If Rafa and Roger aren't there, that's a much tougher assignment for Novak." World No.2 Daniil Medvedev recently emerged as the champion of the US Open 2021. He won his first Grand Slam title after defeating World No.1 Novak Djokovic in the finals. With this win, he also stopped the Serbian legend from achieving his Calendar Slam in New York.