Former world No. 2 Alex Corretja believes world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will bounce back from the US Open final defeat and return even stronger.
Djokovic, who was chasing to make tennis history at the US Open, failed to win the US Open final and claim a record 21st Grand title, as well as a Calendar Grand Slam.
Daniil Medvedev, seeded at No. 2, saw off Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4 to win his maiden Grand Slam title.
Corretja believes Djokovic could easily win the Nitto ATP Finals or the Australian Open.
Djokovic could now take an extended break before he returns to action.
“This is a learning process for Novak as well and I’m sure he will come back strong,” Corretja told Eurosport.
“He needs to realise that his season was perfect and it was just that he lost a couple of matches. For him it’s going to relieve the whole pressure and he will take on new goals for the future.
“And that will come again in winning the Australian Open next year, or even the ATP finals at the end of this year if he decides not to take a little bit of time off to chill.”
Djokovic ‘relieved’ after the US Open ended
Djokovic was on the verge of becoming the first player since 1969 to win all four Grand Slams in the same year.
Djokovic was constantly asked about the all-time Grand Slam record and a potential Calendar Grand Slam.
“Relief. I was glad it was over because the buildup for this tournament and everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot. It was a lot to handle,” Djokovic admitted.
“I was just glad that finally the run is over. At the same time I felt sadness, disappointment, and also gratitude for the crowd and for that special moment that they’ve created for me on the court.”