Rafael Nadal insider “surprised” by Novak Djokovic’s emotions at US Open | Tennis | sport
Novak Djokovic’s straight-set loss to Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final came as a shock to the tennis world, as the Serbian was only one victory away from completing a historic Calendar Slam. The world number one won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles earlier this year, and needed one more success in New York to become the first male player to win. all four major tournaments in the same year since Rod Laver in 1969.
But he fell painfully short of the final hurdle, losing 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to Russian Medvedev who won his first Grand Slam title and took revenge on his loss to Djokovic in the final. in Melbourne at the start of the year.
The 25-year-old is at the forefront of a new generation of tennis stars, so seeing him win major titles is no surprise in itself.
But defeating Djokovic in such a convincing fashion caused a stir, as did the amount of nerves that seemed to be shown by the 20-time Grand Slam winner.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also claim the same number of major titles, and the latter’s side were surprised to see so much emotion seep into Djokovic’s match at Flushing Meadows.
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“Coaches can prepare their players, try to cover all aspects of the game, the different approaches to a game, improve technique, polish shots and physical endurance.
“There is something that cannot be done as it always can be controlled: controlling emotions at certain points in a match or, in this case, at the defining moment of an entire athletic career.”
Djokovic may have wasted a chance to overtake Federer and Nadal in terms of career Grand Slam success, but he will have a much better chance of doing so.
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And Toni Nadal backed the Serbian to bounce back from his final loss at the US Open.
“Djokovic knew he was facing the most crucial game of his life, the meeting that was to determine the much-talked-about debate in tennis – who is the best player in the history of our sport,” he said .
“This defeat will be painful for sure, but he will recover from it.”