Coach Toni Nadal was surprised by how affected Novak Djokovic was by the pressure of what was at stake for him in the US Open final. Djokovic, 34, had a chance to win a record 21st Grand Slam title and capture a Calendar Grand Slam.
In his quest for tennis history, Djokovic was stopped by Daniil Medvedev, who handed the Serb a straight-set defeat. “The enormous weight of all that was at stake for him made it impossible for him to resist Daniil's relentless level of play," Nadal said.
"And I have to admit, I was surprised to see him so affected. He may have been a little less resilient lately, but we all know his tremendous ability to withstand moments of maximum tension with strength and focus. Coaches may prepare their players, try to cover all aspects of the game, the different approaches to a game, improve technique, polish shots and physical endurance, there is something that cannot be done.
always be controlled: the control of emotions at certain moments of a match or, in this case, at the decisive moment of an entire sports career."
Nadal underlined Djokovic played the most important match of his career
After his US Open semifinal win, Djokovic sad he would prepare for the final like it was the last match of his career.
Djokovic knew what was at stake and he was aware of what he would have accomplished had he won the final. "Djokovic knew he was facing the most crucial match of his life, the meeting that was to determine the much-talked-about debate in tennis: who is the best player in the history of our sport," Nadal said.
“It is certain that this defeat will be painful for the Serbian but he will recover. And the three will continue to give reasons to their millions of followers, still in suspense, to follow and support them for a little longer."