The defeat of Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open represents one of those definable epochal turning points. After dominating for a whole year bringing home three Grand Slams, the Serbian fell just a step away from the finish line of the “Grand Slam”, making the fourth slip out of his hands. There are many factors that have influenced, without obviously denying the great merits of his opponent Daniil Medvedev. The world number 2 played a practically perfect match right from the start, managing to harness Djokovic, who never really managed to worry him. The Russian’s success was interpreted as a ‘changing of the guard’ first and foremost by the Belgrade champion: “I think it has already begun in a certain sense – he declared at the end of the challenge -, with Dominic Thiem winning here the year. last. Daniil, I don’t know if he is number 1 now or if he will be soon. The transition was inevitable. “Change that, according to Toni Nadal, “cannot be ignored.” The former coach of his nephew Rafael, in an article for El País, returned to the US Open final trying to explain the Djokovic’s debacle. In one of his usual articles for El País, the former tennis coach and ‘father’ of his nephew Rafael, Toni Nadal, spoke again about the US Open final between Djokovic and Medvedev. In particular, he focused on the elements that, in his opinion, were the cause of the Serbian’s resounding defeat: “We could say that Medvedev’s initial break transformed him into Djokovic. This dented the Serbian player, who quickly saw that the tactic he had planned with long exchanges from behind would not work for him, as the Russian was willing to suffer.
Bubanj speaks about Novak Djokovic
Former selector of the Serbian Davis Cup team Goran Bubanj recently weighed in on Novak Djokovic’s performance in the US Open 2021 final. Bubanj claimed Djokovic was well below par in the match, and according to him that had nothing to do with the Serb’s relatively tougher path to the final. “He (Medvedev) had a completely open draw and objectively fewer challenges, but that is not a reason for the more rested to be better in the final,” Bubanj said in a recent interview with Sputnik. “This can often be the other way around. The whole final did not depend on Medvedev, but exclusively on Novak.” Goran Bubanj also lauded the fact that Daniil Medvedev executed his tactics to perfection. He highlighted how the Russian was patient in the longer rallies, which forced Novak Djokovic to go for more. “Danil Medvedev is partly to credit for the final result,” Bubanj said. “He had tactics. He put everything on his serve, and there is no game for Novak. Then Novak serves, unfortunately he did not serve at a very high level, and when he entered the exchange, Medvedev played slowly. More in the middle, a few shots, Novak was impatient, he rushed to hit something strong, while Medvedev hit the lines themselves.”