To reveal to the world that he is human, Novak Djokovic against any rule of logic has chosen the most important of appointments, in the final of the US Open 2021, losing in straight sets against Daniil Medvedev.
The one with the story. In the game for the Grand Slam, the Serbian champion did what he could. Little, in the vast majority of cases. Fresh from a rather tiring tournament – and a high-intensity challenge with Alexander Zverev, which prevented him from playing for the gold medal in Tokyo – the 20-time Grand Slam champion got caught up in tension and fatigue.
But above all by a practically perfect opponent. Daniil Medvedev – already a finalist on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows in 2019 and fresh from the one in Australia in 2021 – breaks the Serbian’s dream at Arthur Ashe Stadium with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 that he builds in just over one hundred and twenty minutes of game.
Partly spotted only by a thrill in the finish. Medvedev thus becomes the ninth different Slam champion in the last nine years, the first to carry the Russian flag on the wall of champions since 2005 and obviously the first to do so on New York hard courts since 2000.
Djokovic remains at 20 along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Of chances to win other Grand Slams he will surely have others to win them all in the same year, maybe not. Time, as always, will give the answers.