Novak Djokovic entered the Arthur Ashe at about four in the afternoon, local time. He was only three sets away from making history. His name would be inscribed in gold letters in tennis history books. He would become the second man in history to win all four Grand Slams in one year.
He had never been so close to achieving it. He could almost brush his fingers over it. He is seen smiling on the track entrance. He seems relaxed on the outside. Inside, it's the opposite. Only he and his people know the pressure that he has had to suffer in recent weeks to find himself so close to a historic achievement.
He has tried by all means to avoid the issue in each question on the court after each game at this US Open, at each press conference. He was a very short time away from taking that pressure off his chest. For better or for worse, it was all going to be over in a few hours.
He was the favorite against Medvedev. He had it all in front of him, a priori. He had already beaten that same rival seven months ago, in the final of the Australian Open. Everything was ready. There is nothing that could go wrong.
But in a few minutes, he began to see that things were not going well. His legs were unresponsive. He sure that the 17 hours that he spent on the track to get there influenced. Also his head, totally exhausted after so many days seeing himself on the edge of the precipice, as when he started set against in each of the four previous games.
First set, Daniil. Things get complicated. He had to row again, once more. “I have done it before, in the previous four rounds. I can do it one more time,” he told himself. He was right. He could do it. In Medvedev's first serve game, Nole had a 0-40 score that allowed him to finally have three break options.
The film ran along the same paths of the four previous views on that same court, but the Russian turned everything around and ended up taking the game.
Medvedev opens up on Novak Djokovic
Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev has impressed one and all with his performance over the past couple of months.
The World No. 2 managed to win his first Grand Slam title at the US Open 2021. He beat the man in form, Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final. The 25-year-old player stated, “I said sorry to him,” Medvedev revealed when asked what was said between him and Djokovic following his win.
“Tennis is such a brutal sport — there are two guys and one is going to lose no matter if it’s the first round or the final. I always watch Novak, Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer] play these finals and I feel like every time in the speech they’re sorry for their opponent because they know how it feels”.
The US Open 2021 champion added, “I stopped Novak from doing something crazy and unbelievable in tennis history and I do feel sorry for him. I’m happy for myself but I do feel sorry for him, that’s what I said and yeah, Novak is such a great guy that he just said I deserve everything and he really hugged me and that’s unbelievable”.