Novak Djokovic came to the US Open with an incredible chance of achieving something no one had done since 1969! The Serb claimed the season's opening three Major tournaments in Melbourne, Paris and London, seeking the calendar Grand Slam in New York and the 21st Major crown that would push him ahead of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Playing only his second tournament since Wimbledon, Novak gave his best to resist the pressure and chase the elusive US Open crown, beating six rivals but falling on the last obstacle to finishing runner-up and missing tennis glory.
Alex Corretja said that Novak felt the pressure at every press conference and match in New York, constantly asked about the record and playing without his A-game. In the opening round, Djokovic lost a set to a young Dane Holger Rune and dropped the first set in five consecutive encounters from round three!
In a manner of a true champion, Novak toppled Kei Nishikori, Jenson Brooksby and Matteo Berrettini with a reliable performance after the opening set to find himself in the semis and two wins away from writing history. Novak battled past Alexander Zverev in five sets to advance into the final, where he faced world no.
2 Daniil Medvedev. Eager to lift the first Major trophy from the third final, the Russian defeated Novak 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, controlling the result from start to finish to become a deserved champion and spoil Novak's celebration.
The Russian hit 38 winners and 31 unforced errors to leave the Serb behind and produced bold and aggressive tennis to outplay Novak on serve and return for a career-best win and the first Major crown. Medvedev claimed the opening two sets with a single break and earned two in the third to cross the finish line and become tennis immortal.
Novak Djokovic lost the US Open final to Daniil Medvedev.
Daniil barely lost a point on serve in the opener and grabbed a break in the first game for an instant lead. Managing his games superbly, Medvedev held in game ten for 6-4 and a boost ahead of set number two.
Djokovic wasted five break chances at the beginning of the second set, and he needed to seize one of those badly if he wanted to get back on track. Instead, Daniil broke at 2-2 and produced three fine holds to forge a 6-4, 6-4 advantage and move closer to the finish line.
With nothing working his way, Djokovic experienced breaks in games one and three in the third set to find himself 4-0 down and miles away from the aspired title. Making one last push, Novak saved a match point in the eighth game and scored his first break to reduce the deficit and extend his chances.
The Serb held in game nine to move 4-5 behind before Daniil sealed the deal with a hold at 30 a few minutes later, seizing the third match point and lifting the first Major trophy at 25. "From the very beginning of the tournament, it was difficult for Novak to deal with the pressure and the entire situation at the US Open.
It was evident at every press conference or on the court, and I think he did not feel good right from the opening match. Novak tried to fight his way through, and he reached the final, where he was exhausted, both mentally and physically," Alex Corretja said.