Former world No. 1 Boris Becker believes the support Novak Djokovic received in the US Open final was an indication that he will be loved in the final stretch of his career. "The incredible ovation he received during the final was very good for him," Becker said, per Sportskeeda.
"That ovation should make it very clear that Novak is on the way to being loved in the final stretch of his career." Djokovic is one of the most accomplished players in tennis history but he has never been loved not as nearly as Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer.
"Respect for his incredible performances has always been there, but now people attach themselves with him emotionally," Becker added.
Becker suggests Djokovic is having a hard time dealing with the US Open loss
Daniil Medvedev beat Djokovic in the US Open final to prevent the Serb from winning a record 21st Grand Slam and completing the first Calendar Grand Slam since 1969.
"Novak is still digesting the tremendous opportunity he could not take advantage of in the last US Open," said the German. "It became a major emotional problem for him, things did not go as expected." Djokovic hasn't played since the US Open final loss but he should play at the Paris Masters, Nitto ATP Finals and Davis Cup Finals.
"I hope he plays again soon. I think he will see everything more clearly again once he gets back into dynamics, plays tournaments and wins matches again," concluded the German. Recently, Djokovic underlined that at this stage of his career the Grand Slams are the most important thing.
"Before the start of this season I was saying that my main goal was to achieve the historic No. 1 ranking -- which I did -- and that my focus for the rest of the career is to play well at the Grand Slam level and to play for my country.
That's my main motivation. In this stage of my career all the other tournaments are less important and they are only a preparation for the Grand Slams or the Davis Cup," Djokovic told Serbian newspaper Blic.