Daniil Medvedev prevented Novak Djokovic from hitting a legendary goal. If he had managed to clinch the US Open, the world number 1 would have become the second man in the Open Era after Rod Laver to achieve the 'Calendar Grand Slam'
The Serbian phenomenon had arrived in New York with great expectations after having conquered the first three majors of 2021. Blocked by tension and physically exhausted, the 34-year-old from Belgrade never entered the game in the presence of an impeccable Medvedev.
The young Russian has thus put on the bulletin board the first Grand Slam of his career, as well as having redeemed the blow suffered at the hands of Nole at the Australian Open. Due to the premature elimination in Indian Wells, the Muscovite is unlikely to become ATP number 1 by the end of this year.
Trying to spot some regrets in Daniil's season, he catches sight of the quarter-final defeat at the Tokyo Olympics against Pablo Carreno Busta. On an ideal surface for his characteristics, Medvedev was unable to withstand the pressure.
Medvedev praises Djokovic
“During the US Open I worked a lot with a psychologist. He's trying to help me. But Novak Djokovic's words after his defeat at the Olympics helped me more than those of my psychologist, when he said that we could not go back in tennis, that all the defeats at the Olympics had made him stronger for the following tournaments.
I dreamed of playing well in Tokyo, but it didn't work out, I lost an unpleasant game. After the Games I felt really bad for a week. I understood that there would be no chance for four years, especially since the next edition would be in Paris on clay.
But when I read Novak's words, I decided, like him, not to be upset and to move on" - Daniil Medvedev stated. Novak Djokovic suffered a surprising loss against the World No. 2, Daniil Medvedev at the Flushing Medows.
Djokovic hadn’t yet lost a match at a Grand Slam in 2021 coming into the US Open final, picking up 3 titles on the way. However, in his final match, Djokovic suffered a straight-set defeat to the Russian. Recently, in an interview, Medvedev mentioned how the 20-time Grand Slam champion helped him psychologically.
Though Medvedev and Djokovic were rivals at the finals of the US Open, the appreciation for Djokovic by the Russian underlines the Serb’s brilliance.