09/13/2021 at 10:30 PM CEST
He lost much more than one final. Novak Djokovic left an incentive on the center court of Flushing Meadows that has fueled his motivation for many years. The day he had it within his grasp, one game away, one breath away from becoming a reality, a tall Russian named Daniil Medvedev who has spent two years hanging around the Top 5 of the ATP rankings and 16 consecutive weeks at number 2 , gave him a real ‘slap’ with a painful 6-4, 6-4 and 6-4 in just two hours. Goodbye to the dream of achieving the complete Grand Slam cycle -winning the four Grand Slams of the season-, goodbye to the 21 Grand Slams beating Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal and with it, goodbye to the argument to be able to consider without complexes the best tennis player of the history.
Djokovic wants to get it anyway and the statistics say he has it within reach, but for now, he will have to wait for the Australian Open next year.
A sprint within the reach of few
‘Nole’ has managed to catch up with his eternal rivals in terms of Grand Slams won in just four years. By the end of 2017, the Serbian had lifted the title in 12 Grand Slams and in just three years he was awarded eight of the 15 that were at stake -Wimbledon 2020 was not disputed due to the pandemic- reaching the 20 that today contemplate his record.
Rafa Nadal has won another four in that period while Federer only one. Thanks to these four incredible seasons, Djokovic, who seemed not to have within reach the scandalous figures of the Mallorcan and the Swiss, has shown that he is a full member of the ‘Big Three’. But his ambition and his rivalry are still latent and the current number one wants more. He has dreamed again and again of becoming the best in history and will continue in his efforts to give that ‘sorpasso’ that on Sunday eluded him after a bad game against a Medvedev who lived the perfect day.
Tears for …
Djokovic assured at a press conference that his crying after getting the break in the third set of the final and after the defeat was due to an accumulation of sensations: “It has been a lot of emotions. This defeat is tough, considering everything that was at stake, but at the same time I felt something that I had never felt here, in New York. The fans have pleasantly surprised me with all that love and energy that they have given me, and that is why I cried & rdquor;, he said.
Anger, pain, frustration and also affection and emotion … viz.