NEW YORK — Novak Djokovic stated he felt “aid” that his run towards historical past was lastly over after arising quick within the US Open on Sunday.
The world’s No. 1 participant was going for the primary calendar-year Grand Slam — profitable all 4 main titles in the identical yr — by a males’s participant since Rob Laver in 1969. A win would have additionally taken Djokovic to 21 Grand Slam titles, another than Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
“I used to be glad it was over as a result of the buildup for this match and every thing that mentally, emotionally I needed to take care of all through the match within the final couple of weeks was only a lot,” Djokovic stated after his loss to Daniil Medvedev in straight units, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. “It was loads to deal with.”
Djokovic was removed from his finest on Sunday, committing 38 unforced errors and going 1-for-6 on break possibilities. He additionally let his frustration present, smashing his racket early within the match and drawing a code violation from chair umpire Damien Dumusois. The 34-year-old from Serbia stated he felt sluggish “energy-wise” and is aware of he might and will have performed higher.
After the match, an emotional Djokovic held a towel to his face and cried. He stated he felt completely different feelings — unhappiness and disappointment for the loss and happiness for the soulful manner the native crowd has handled him.
“After all, a part of me could be very unhappy. It is a powerful one to swallow, this loss, I imply, contemplating every thing that was on the road,” he stated. “However then again I felt one thing I by no means felt in my life right here in New York. The group made me very particular. They pleasantly stunned me. I didn’t count on something, however the quantity of assist and power and love I bought from the gang was one thing that I will keep in mind without end.”
Within the awards ceremony after his loss, Djokovic stated the gang “touched my soul.”
Reflecting on his efficiency this yr — 27-1 in majors — Djokovic stated he was in the end “very happy.”
“Three wins, three Slams and a last,” he stated. “For the final couple of years, I have been very clear and vocal about my objectives, to play my finest tennis at Slams. I am managing to try this. After all, I used to be quick immediately for one more Slam title, however I’ve to be proud with every thing that my workforce and I’ve achieved.”
Djokovic additionally added that studying to “flip the following web page” is a giant a part of being a tennis participant.
“Very quickly, there are extra challenges arising,” he stated. “I will strive to attract some classes from them, be taught, be stronger and preserve going, preserve going. I nonetheless love this sport and I nonetheless really feel good on the court docket. So long as there may be motivation and that aptitude, I will preserve driving.”