Novak Djokovic: ‘I’m not saying I would have won the match but…’

2021 was a great year for world number one Novak Djokovic. The Serbian champion has won three Grand Slam titles and was awarded the ‘Champion of World Champions’ award, a title awarded by the well-known newspaper L’Equipe. Nole is the fifth player in history to win this award after André Agassi, Serena Williams (3 times), Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer with the latter two having won this award five times. Djokovic dealt with many issues, from the controversy at the beginning of the year for the injury against Taylor Fritz and that sensational comeback that launched him to victory in the Australian Open up to the final defeat in Flushing Meadows against Daniil Medvedev. This and much more with Nole that he also clarified (in part) the reasons for this defeat.

Nole is yet to confirm his Australian Open appearance

In a recent interview with L’Equipe, Novak Djokovic opened up about his heartbreaking loss to Daniil Medvedev in the final of this year’s US Open. The Serb said the overwhelming support he received from the Arthur Ashe crowd caught him off guard and may have impacted his performance. “When I stepped onto the court for the US Open final, I was overwhelmed with the crowd support. I’m not usually the crowd favorite in big matches. I wasn’t prepared for such a reception. It caught me off guard. I had a different emotional response that maybe affected my game,” Djokovic said. The Serb said that an emotional release may not have changed the result of the match, but it would have allowed him to play more freely. “My only regret about the US Open final is I didn’t cry earlier. I should have let go of all these mixed emotions inside of me earlier. I’m not saying I would have won the match. Daniil was much better on the day. But the action of crying liberated me – just a little too late,” he said. From the clips, Djokovic could be seen hitting backhands, coming towards the net and closing the point with a forehand winner. Over the past few days, the Serb has been all over sports media when his decision to pull out of the ATP Cup surfaced. While Tennis Australia initially stated that there were no withdrawals from team Serbia, the information was revealed a day later in the tournament’s website. Owing to the absence of Novak, Dusan Lajovic will take charge as team captain. Looking at the 2021 season of the Serb, he enjoyed one of the most dominant runs a player ever had on the ATP tour by winning three Grand Slam titles and reaching the final of the fourth. In the US Open, Djokovic was ousted by Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

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