Everyone believed that the 2021 edition of the US Open would go down in history as the one that would allow Novak Djokovic to achieve something that has been missing since 1969: the Grand Slam. The whole Arthur Ashe Stadium during the final against Daniil Medvedev cheered the Serbian loudly, hoping to become witnesses of one of the most important and significant pages in the history of sport in recent years. Yet, even Novak Djokovic has shown himself to be human in the face of the greatness of history, a greatness that broke his legs and heart, leaving him, and with him millions of fans, with a half-dream, a strangled scream in his throat, which gave way to a back of sadness and regrets. Do not worry: these US Open have in any case rewritten the recent history of tennis. For the first time since 2004, in fact, in both the men’s singles and the women’s singles, there were two winners at their first time. In 2021, in Flushing Meadows, we talk about Medvedev and Emma Raducanu, while in 2004 we must move to Europe, to France to be exact, where Gaudio and Myskina triumphed on the red clay of Paris. This is not what the fans expected, but in a sense, this is also an undertaking. For years, the new generation of world tennis have had to deal with 3 dinosaurs who had no intention of giving up silverware to subsequent generations, always punished on important occasions. Losses after losses, especially in the slams, which had led everyone to think that the change of generation would never come. But in the end, here we are, commenting on what could have been and what was not.
Djokovic has been the most dominant player in the last decade
Novak Djokovic missed out on the Calendar Slam as he lost 4-6, 4-6, 4-6 to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the 2021 US Open on Sunday. Djokovic’s disappointment was starkly evident after the match, and he said during his post-match presser that he was unsure whether he’d play another match in the rest of the season. “Let me tell you – I have no plan, absolutely nothing,” Novak Djokovic was quoted as saying by Sportklub. “I don’t know if I’m going to play anything, anywhere… I’m just here in New York right now.” The World No. 1 claimed during his presser that despite trying everything in his power to win, he simply came up against “the better player”. “I think that I really tried to do everything in my power to prepare in the best possible way, to bring myself to the optimal state of body, mind, and spirit,” the Serb replied when asked whether he could have done anything differently in the final. “I really don’t know what I would change, I really did my best… I simply played against a better player today – who had more enthusiasm and energy.”