Daniil Medvedev clinched his first Grand Slam title at the US Open last Sunday, complete with a harsh lesson inflicted on Novak Djokovic at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The young Russian not only avenged the setback he had at the Australian Open 2021, but also prevented the number 1 ATP from achieving the 'Calendar Grand Slam'
The Serbian champion, for his part, has paid a very high price for the mental and physical fatigue accumulated in recent months. The 34-year-old from Belgrade had already shown some cracks during the Tokyo Olympics, while in New York he had been forced to sweat more than expected in the opening rounds.
The tough battle against Alexander Zverev in the semifinals definitively drained Nole's energies, unable to impose his pace and overturn the inertia of a match never really in question. In his column on 'El Pais', Toni Nadal tried to explain what went wrong for Djokovic in the New York final.
Novak had to postpone overtaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings.
Toni Nadal speaks about Novak Djokovic
“We could argue that the break initial Medvedev made him Novak Djokovic. It made a dent in the Serbian player, who quickly saw that the tactic he had planned with long rallies from behind was not going to work for him as the Russian was willing to suffer.
Or that the new champion managed to serve very well throughout the game. And that he is deserving of the title and a firm candidate for others to come,” wrote Toni. (Translated via Google Translate) Even though Toni praised Medvedev, he also talked about the appreciation and support that the crowd at the Arthur Ashe Stadium gave Djokovic.
He feels that it can clearly be seen through the tears of the Serbian legend, who has usually plays against the audience. “But we cannot ignore that betrayal he was talking about. Well, evident in those tears of the great Serbian champion playing one of the last games of the third set,” added the Spanish coach.
“The huge slab that put all that was at stake for him prevented him from resisting Daniil’s relentless game. And I have to admit that I was surprised to see him so affected. In recent times, it has perhaps been somewhat less resistant.
But its enormous capacity to withstand moments of maximum tension with strength and concentration is well known,” concluded the 60-year-old. After the US Open 2021, Novak Djokovic is likely to play at the Indian Wells Masters 2021.