Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander admitted he didn’t think Novak Djokovic would be the same player after what was maybe the biggest match of his career.
Djokovic failed to win a record 21st Grand Slam and become the first player since 1969 to win all four Majors in the same year after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final..
The pressure was too big even for Djokovic, who has always been known as a player who doesn’t crush under pressure.
Djokovic bounced back from the US Open final.defeat in an impressive way as he returned to action last week and won the Paris Masters.
“I thought Novak Djokovic wouldn’t be the same player after the US Open. What Djokovic experienced in New York would have destroyed me. It would also have destroyed John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. It would have destroyed many players, but not Novak Djokovic,” Wilander said, as quoted on We Love Tennis.
Justin Henin amazed by how Djokovic bounced back
“He is totally unique,” Henin told Eurosport. “I think it’s really about time – even though there are a lot of people who obviously respect his huge career – that people realise what he is achieving. You can like Novak Djokovic, you can dislike him, there are many people who don’t fancy his character, but what he is doing in his career, what the champion is doing, is simply extraordinary.
“There are not many who can bounce back like he can. We talk about today, but we can go back to a year ago, after the US Open (disqualification against Pablo Carreno Busta), we also thought we would find him hurt. And despite everything, even if he loses in the final at Roland Garros, he is still there. After that, he rebuilt himself, he won the Australian Open, and his ability to bounce back is just phenomenal.”