Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem thinks Novak Djokovic has a good heart and he deserved the love of the US Open crowd in the final at Flushing Meadows. Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, failed to make tennis history at the US Open after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the final.
Djokovic would have won a record 21st Grand Slam and become the first player since 1969 to win a Calendar Grand Slam had he beaten Medvedev. "I don't know him that well, but I think he has a really good heart and has deserved the love of the whole audience here.
We don't need to talk about his sporting achievements anyway," Thiem told Eurosport after the US Open final.
Djokovic admitted the love he received was special and meant a lot to him
"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 after the final. "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. "They touched my heart, honestly. Of course, in the end of the day you want to win.
You're a professional athlete. These are the kind of moments that you cherish. These are connections that you establish with people that will be lasting for a very long time. "Yeah, it was just wonderful."