Novak Djokovic was unable to complete the work in the New York US Open 2021, 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.
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-years-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 come back to the court directly at 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 takes stock of the 2021 US Open
Wilander said: "Obviously, Novak Djokovic had a huge load of pressure on his shoulders.
That tension turned out to be much more burdensome than most people imagined. At the same time, it is possible to identify two positive aspects of this missed Grand Slam. The first is that the Next Gen is now ready to take the baton.
I almost hope that Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic finish their careers with 20 Grand Slams each. That would be really cool! Now it is a very possible eventuality. If you think about it, it is the ideal time for the final handover to take place.
The second good news is that Nole will want to take revenge. I think he will take a few weeks off in order to recharge his batteries and digest the defeat. Then he will return to training as an animal in the coming months and will try to establish himself again in Melbourne. For him it will be a new beginning."