Novak Djokovic lost the most important game of his career at the 2021 US Open. If he had managed to clinch the last Slam of the season, the world number 1 would have achieved the Grand Slam and ended the debate on the greatest ever.
Unfortunately, the Serbian champion paid a heavy price for the fatigue accumulated in the previous months, surrendering clearly to Daniil Medvedev in the last act. The 34-year-old from Belgrade also had to postpone overtaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time rankings of the Majors.
At this point, it is legitimate to wonder if Nole will return to the field in 2021. Djokovic is registered for the Indian Wells Masters 1000 and is already qualified for the ATP Finals in Turin, but it would not be surprising if he decided to stay away from the circuit until the start.
next season. The Australian Open 2022 could be the ideal place for Novak's return, who would have time to recharge his batteries after a very tiring and successful year. In a recent interview granted to 'Sputnik', Goran Bubanj - former selector of the Serbian Davis Cup team - analyzed in detail the 2021 of 'Djoker'
Bubanj opens up on Novak Djokovic
"Novak Djokovic was also in a dilemma whether to play the Olympic Games," Bubanj said. "I think that is not the basic, but a precondition for things to develop the way they developed.
The Olympics were from this perspective a big mistake in every way. He lost a period of rest and preparation for the US Open, which was realistically the most important tournament in his career. He will win more Grand Slams, he will be the first, but four in one year is an unimaginable success."
Goran Bubanj went on to elaborate on why he thinks Novak Djokovic's Calendar Slam would have been a unique accomplishment in men's tennis. "What Rod Laver did has nothing to do with this today," Bubanj said.
"Then three tournaments were played on grass. There are no similarities with today's tennis, as if we were talking about another sport." But despite Novak Djokovic's failure to win the US Open, Goran Bubanj highlighted how the Serb's season was still a historic one.
"We should just go back and say that this is the year in which Novak Djokovic won three Grand Slams and played the finals in the fourth. That year, no matter who looks at it, in 50 years he will say that it is the year of Novak Djokovic."