Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal believes Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer breathed a sign of relief after Novak Djokovic failed to win the US Open.
Djokovic, ranked at No. 1 in the world, was chasing a record 21st Grand Slam and a Calendar Grand Slam.
Unfortunately for the Serb, he suffered a straight-set defeat to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final.
Djokovic won this year’s Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon to tie Nadal and Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list.
Djokovic then put himself in a great position to win a Calendar Grand Slam but fell just short.
“I think that both Roger and Rafael will have breathed a sigh of relief (and I suppose Rod Laver will too) and that they should now feel a little stronger to continue with the race next year,” Uncle Nadal wrote to El Pais, as revealed on Spoetskeeda.
Djokovic admitted he didn’t play his best tennis
Djokovic fall under pressure and failed to deliver his best game against Medvedev.
“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,” Djokovic said.
“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.
“If you’re playing someone like Medvedev who hits his spots so well, just aces, gets a lot of free points on his first serve, you’re constantly feeling pressure on your service games.
“I was below par with everything, to be honest. So just one of these days where unfortunately, yeah, wasn’t meant to be.”