Tearful Djokovic copes with Slam heartbreak, crowd love


Tearful Novak Djokovic felt reduction and unhappiness after his Grand Slam dream died with a US Open remaining defeat, overcome by loss however profitable heartfelt help from New York followers.

World primary Djokovic missed the primary calendar-year Slam since 1969 on the remaining hurdle Sunday, shedding to Russia’s second-ranked Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4, 6-Four in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“Relief. I was glad it was over,” Djokovic mentioned about his emotions within the moments after the defeat.

“The buildup for this tournament and everything that mentally, emotionally I had to deal with throughout the tournament in the last couple of weeks was just a lot. It was a lot to handle,” Djokovic mentioned.

“I was just glad that finally the run is over. At the same time I felt sadness, disappointment, and also gratitude for the crowd and for that special moment that they created for me on the court.”

Djokovic additionally missed out on a fourth US Open title and 21st profession Grand Slam, leaving him deadlocked on the lads’s report 20 Slam trophies with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

“So many different emotions,” he mentioned. “Part of me may be very unhappy. It’s a tricky one to swallow, this loss, contemplating every thing that was on the road.

“But on the other hand I felt something I never felt in my life here in New York. The crowd made me very special. They pleasantly surprised me.”

Down two units and two breaks, US Open followers cheered for a Djokovic fightback with a spirit he mentioned will stick with him so long as a Grand Slam may need.

“The amount of support and energy and love I got from the crowd was something I’ll remember forever,” Djokovic mentioned. “That’s the explanation on the changeover I simply teared up. The emotion, the power was so sturdy.

“It’s as strong as winning 21 Grand Slams. That’s how I felt, very special. They touched my heart. These are the kind of moments that you cherish. It was just wonderful.”

Djokovic admitted he did not have the sport to stick with a decided Medvedev from the beginning.

“I was just below par with my game,” Djokovic mentioned. “My legs weren’t there. I used to be attempting. I did my greatest. I made loads of unforced errors. I did not don’t have any serve actually.

“Just one in every of as of late the place sadly wasn’t meant to be.

“I know I could have and should have done better. It’s a very tough loss.”

Djokovic took the primary look again at a yr that introduced Australian and French Open titles and a Wimbledon crown however heartache at New York and no medal on the Tokyo Olympics.

“Was also emotionally very demanding period for me in the last five, six months,” he mentioned.

“Unfortunately I did not make it within the remaining step. But whenever you draw a line, you must be very happy with the yr. Three wins, three slams and a remaining. I’ve to be pleased with every thing I’ve achieved.

“In tennis we be taught in a short time the right way to flip the subsequent web page. Very quickly there are extra challenges, extra issues developing. I’ve realized to beat these sort of robust losses within the finals of Slams, those that harm probably the most.

“I’ll try to draw some lessons from them, learn, be stronger, and keep going. As long as there is motivation and that flair, I’ll keep riding.”

Djokovic has to face a brand new set of rising 20-something stars, together with Medvedev and Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who beat him within the Olympic semi-finals and took him to 5 units within the US Open semi-finals.

And there’s the inevitable time when legends like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic should step apart.

“The older guys are still hanging on. We’re still trying to shine the light on the tennis world as much as we possibly can,” he mentioned.

“I nonetheless need to hold going, attempt to win extra Slams, play for my nation. Those are the issues that encourage me probably the most I believe at this level.

“But the new generation is not anyone new. It’s already current. Established. Of course, they are going to take over. I think tennis is in good hands.”

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