No calendar Grand Slam for the Serbian. Blame it on Medvedev and himself. The record hunter broke and it hit the Big Apple audience.
The 34-year-old champion did not lose everything on Sunday. He, who has not supported the weight of history, thus failing to achieve the feat of a Grand Slam over a year, remains stuck at 20 coronations, still equal © with his perennial rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, but he has also groomed his popularity. Him the unloved of the Big Three, much less popular than Federer and Nadal. TO?? Rightly or wrongly, he has often had to face hostile audiences in his career. Faced with the enormous stakes, the Djokovic machine has broken down. Human, too human in his tennis weaknesses as in his emotions. And it touched the New York public.
Djokovic in all his glory. In the second set, he had the opportunity to break his opponent three times in the first game. Frustrated to have seen a point replay on a second ball from the Russian because of a announced very late on a let, the world number 1 then spent his nerves on his racquet. He first slapped the racket on his right thigh several times, then smashed it totally on the hard court two games later. He then copied a logical warning.
Face hidden under his towel, haggard look, he seemed lost on Arthur Ashe for a long time. With his back to the wall, led 5-1 in the third act, he received a standing ovation from the audience. The 23,000 spectators of Arthur Ashe, being almost 100% behind him. And cheered it on when Medvedev was first broken up. At the change of sides, after breaking for the first time and saving a match point, the world number 1 smiled, his hand on his heart , before bursting into tears. A touching image. At the awards ceremony, the tears had not yet dried. After congratulating Daniil Medvedev, the world number 1 tried to put his disappointment into perspective: “Even if I didn’t win the match, my heart is filled with joy I am the happiest in the world because you made this special moment. You made me feel special. I’ve never felt like this in New York. Thank you for this support. I love you and I will see you again very soon ».
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