Novak Djokovic says he didn’t expect the level of support he received from the US Open spectators during his final defeat to Daniil Medvedev. So he shed tears at the last switch.
Djokovic was chasing part of the history of tennis. The victory over Medvedev gave him his fourth major title in 2021, and the Grand Slam was achieved only in the open era by Rod Laver in 1969.
However, the 28th victory was almost away from him when he sat behind 5-4 in the third set and his opponent tried to play in the match.
However, Djokovic won the game for the first time in three consecutive games and looked like a comeback. Audiences at Arthur Ashe Stadium chanted his nickname “Noor, Noor, Noor” as a player. I was sitting.
At the age of 34, she couldn’t control her spilling emotions, hitting her chest and rubbing her face with a towel to stop the flow of tears.
“In my life here in New York, I felt something I had never felt before,” Djokovic later explained.
“The crowd made me so special. They happily surprised me. I didn’t expect anything, but the amount of support, energy and love I got from the crowd Was something I remember forever.
“That’s why I just tore the switch. The emotions and energy were so strong. It was as strong as winning the 21st Grand Slam. To be honest, I felt that way. It was a very special feeling. They honestly touched my heart.
“After all, you want to win. You are a professional athlete. These are the moments you cherish. These are the connections you establish with the people you last very long.
“It was just great.”
Preparations for the match were dominated by the story of the calendar year’s Grand Slam, especially after Djokovic missed the golden slam, a feat that included winning all four majors and the Olympic gold medal. He was beaten by Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals of the tournament in Tokyo and then lost the bronze medal match against Pablo Carreño Basta.
He wasn’t competitive again before the first round of the US Open and dropped the set on at least four separate occasions on his way to the final, including a thrilling five-setter with Zverev on Friday night. rice field.
Djokovic, who spent five hours on the court longer than Medvedev during the tournament, admitted that he felt emotionally and physically exhausted by the time the finals took place.
“I was less than or equal to my game,” he said.
“My feet weren’t there. I tried. I did my best.
“I made a lot of unforced errors. I didn’t have — really no serve.
“If you’re playing someone like Medvedev who hits his spot well and gets a lot of free points on his first serve with just an ace, you’re always under pressure in the service game.
“To be honest, I was less than or equal to everything, so unfortunately it’s just one of the recent ones I didn’t intend to do.”
He added: “The last five or six months have been a very emotionally tough time for me. Playing at home in the slums, the Olympics, and Belgrade. Here everything is gathered for me and everything I have experienced. I was accumulating my emotions.
“Unfortunately I didn’t succeed in the final stages. But when I draw the line, I have to be very happy with the year. 3 wins, 3 slams, the final. In the last few years I have I’ve been very transparent and vocal about my goals. It’s about playing the best tennis in the slums. I can manage to do that. “
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