'I hope that Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will stay...', says legend



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'I hope that Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic will stay...', says legend

Novak Djokovic was unable to complete the work in New York, crumbling one step away from the finish line when everything seemed set for his triumph. The number 1 in the world, who had won the top three majors of the season, surrendered to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open 2021 without being able to win even a set.

He too much mental and physical pressure to which the Serbian was subjected in the two weeks in New York, still giving credit to the amazing performance of the young Russian. Nole therefore saw the dream of becoming the second man in the Open Era vanish after Rod Laver to win all four majors in the same year.

The 34-year-old from Belgrade must also postpone overtaking eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the all-time standings. It is rumored that Djokovic could decide to return directly to the Australian Open 2022, thus giving up Indian Wells and the ATP Finals in Turin.

During an interview with L’Equipe, Mats Wilander analyzed the men's final of the US Open in detail.

Wilander talks about the Big 3

Following Daniil Medvedev's victory against Novak Djokovic in the US Open final on Sunday evening, Mats Wilander, for our favorite daily, took stock of this final and spoke of the Big 3 while they are still all three perfectly tied in number of Grand Slam titles.

“Obviously Novak Djokovic was feeling tremendous pressure. Much stronger than you might have thought. There is still two good news in this failed Grand Slam. The first is that the new generation is now ready to take up the torch.

So much so that I almost hope that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will stay at twenty Grand Slams apiece. I would find that awesome! And it is very possible. It would be an ideal “quantified” timing for a final handover.

The second good news is that I'm sure Novak isn't going to want to stop there. I can imagine taking a few weeks off to recharge, then training like an animal for four months to pounce on the Australian Open. It will be a new beginning for him."

During the US Open final, Djokovic had the chance to script history and be way ahead of Nadal and Federer in the GOAT race. But, what the Serb received in return wasn’t a title. With scores of fans screaming his name at the top of their lungs throughout the match, Djokovic became the favorite in a grand slam final.

Maybe, this could’ve played a part in his mind when he was playing against a formidable opponent in Daniil Medvedev.