Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic admitted that going through several demanding matches at the US Open might have affected his performance in the US Open final.
Djokovic wasn’t convincing en route to making the US Open final, dropping sets in five of his six matches.
Djokovic, who is usually at his best in the biggest matches, stood no chance against Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final as the Russian won 6-4 6-4 6-4.
“Could be. Could be. I had more hours on the court spent from Daniil, that’s for sure. But was also emotionally very demanding period for me in the last five, six months. Slams and Olympics and playing at home in Belgrade. Everything was coming together for me here and kind of accumulating all the emotions that I’ve been through,” Djokovic said.
“Unfortunately I didn’t make it in the final step. But when you draw a line, you have to be very satisfied with the year. Three wins, three slams and a final. For the last couple of years I’ve been very transparent and vocal about my goals, to play my best tennis at slams. I’m managing to do that.”
Djokovic determined to bounce back
The Medvedev loss will hurt Djokovic but he is confident he can overcome it.
“Of course, I was short today for another slam title, but I have to be proud with everything that my team and I have achieved. And in tennis we learn very quickly how to turn the next page. Very soon there are some more challenges, more things that are coming up. I have learned to overcome these kind of tough losses in the finals of slams, the ones that hurt the most,” Djokovic noted.
“I’ll try to take, draw some lessons from them, learn, be stronger, and keep going, keep going. I still love this sport and I still feel good on the court. As long as there is motivation and that flair, I’ll keep riding.”