Novak Djokovic: ‘The US Open crowd touched my heart like never before’

Chasing the ultimate tennis glory, Novak Djokovic lost the US Open final to Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. Thus, the Serb missed a chance to become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 with a calendar Grand Slam, staying on 20 Majors and failing to pass Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Cracking under pressure, Novak played far below his best, struggling on the return and failing to impose his strokes against the rival who desperately wanted to claim the first Major crown. Like never before, Djokovic had massive support on Arthur Ashe Stadium, feeling impressed about that and saying that the spectators touched his heart. Novak was very emotional after the match, relieved after finishing his journey at this season’s Majors and ready to fight for more notable titles in the next couple of years. 

Novak Djokovic had massive support during the US Open final.

“I have learned over the years to deal with losses in such a way that I treat them as excellent opportunities for growth. I feel that the US Open loss in the final has arrived, arguably, at the worst or at the best time for me, in a way. Of course, I’m disappointed that I lost the match, but I feel blessed to experience love from the crowd and support from the stadium that I have never experienced before in my life in New York, and not in many places around the world. And that kind of energy that I received from the crowd from the moment I stepped in the court is a win for life.

They touched my heart, and I was caught by surprise. I did not expect that much positivity, support and love going my way. Maybe it influenced my game because I’m always used to going into hostile environments in the big matches where I’m also playing against the opponent and crowd. It was not that day, and I was not present on the court in terms of my game as I was supposed to win that match. In a most ideal scenario, I would have won all four Majors. Still, knowing I was so close gives me great encouragement for the future and makes me feel humble about my game and career, and it gives me a reality check where I have to go back to the practice court. There is always something to improve and work on,” Novak Djokovic said.

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