Former world No. 1 Boris Becker said he never saw Novak Djokovic “so clueless” like in the US Open final against Daniil Medvedev.
Djokovic, who was aiming to win a record 21st Grand Slam and become the first player since 1969 to win all four Majors in the same year, suffered a 6-4 6-4 6-4 loss to Medvedev in the US Open final.
“He (Novak Djokovic) wanted to make history,” Becker told Eurosport. “He wanted to become the most successful Grand Slam player of all time. He didn’t want to become one of the best – he wanted to become the best, and he would have underlined that with a victory here today. I have never seen Novak so clueless.”
Becker, who had an extremely successful stint with Djokovic, acknowledged that Medvedev deserved to win the title.
“Daniil Medvedev deserved to win today; deserved to win the tournament,” Becker continued. “He was the best player over these two weeks and only lost one set in total on the way to his first Grand Slam.”
Djokovic admitted Medvedev was the better player
After the match, 20-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic admitted Medvedev outsmarted him and acknowledged that his game wasn’t where it needed to be.
“I mean, he was hitting his spots very well. He came out very determined on the court. You could feel that he was just at highest of his abilities in every shot. He had a lot of clarity what he needs to do tactically. He has executed it perfectly.
“The other hand, I was just below par with my game. My legs were not there. I was trying. I did my best. Yeah, I made a lot of unforced errors. I didn’t have — no serve really.
“I was below par with everything, to be honest. So just one of these days where unfortunately, yeah, wasn’t meant to be.”