Daniil Medvedev clinched his first Grand Slam title at the US Open last Sunday, complete with a severe lesson inflicted on Novak Djokovic on the Arthur Ashe Stadium. The young Russian not only avenged the setback he had at the Australian Open 2021, but he also prevented the number 1 ATP from achieving the Grand Slam.
The Serbian champion, for his part, has paid a very high price for the mental and physical fatigue accumulated in recent months. The 34-year-old from Belgrade had already shown some cracks during the Tokyo Olympics, while in New York he was forced to sweat more than expected in the opening rounds.
The tough battle against Alexander Zverev in the semifinals definitively drained Nole's energies, unable to impose his pace and overturn the inertia of a match never really in question. In his column on El Pais, Toni Nadal tried to explain what went wrong for Djokovic in the New York final.
Novak had to postpone overtaking Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam standings. Toni Nadal wrote: "The break obtained by Daniil Medvedev at the opening of the match made Novak Djokovic's certainties collapse.
It affected the confidence of the Serbian player, who immediately understood how his tactic of extending the rallies from the baseline did not it would work in the final one. The reason is that the Russian was willing to suffer, unlike what had happened in Melbourne.
Furthermore, Daniil managed to serve very well throughout the match. Medvedev deserved to win the title and will be one of the favorites in the next Grand Slams as well. The enormous pressure to which he was subjected prevented him from resisting a very great Medvedev.
I must admit I was surprised to see him so helpless. Nole has always been known for his ability to handle moments of maximum tension, even if this time he didn't succeed." Toni Nadal: "Here what happened to Djokovic in the US Open final" The final of the US Open 2021 did not meet the predictions of the eve, on the contrary it immediately turned into a solo by Daniil Medvedev.
The young Russian, who won the first Grand Slam of his career, demolished Novak Djokovic in three sets, preventing him from achieving the Grand Slam. The number 1 in the world, physically and mentally exhausted, has never managed to enter the game and impose his rhythm from the baseline.
The Serbian phenomenon has therefore seen the dream of becoming the second player in the Open Era vanish after Rod Laver to conquer all four majors in the same year. Nole also failed to overtake eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, with the Big 3 remaining paired at 20 Grand Slams each.
Fans fear that this defeat could have serious repercussions on Djokovic's future. In his column on El Pais, Toni Nadal highlighted how Novak was unable to withstand the pressure one step away from the finish line. Toni Nadal analyzes Djokovic's collapse writing: "Even the great champions, at times, are betrayed by the nerves and cannot bear the pressure to which they are subjected in a certain situation.
This is exactly what happened to Novak Djokovic in the US Open final. He knew very well that it was the most important game of his entire life and that - if he had won - it would probably have ended the debate related to the greatest ever.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are still tied at 20 slams each, but it's also true that fans and experts have a rather short memory. In the GOAT debate, only current players are considered at all times.
It would be a grave mistake not to include the legendary Rod Laver in this speech. No one has been able to match his Calendar Grand Slam until now. He even managed it twice, in 1962 and 1969, not to mention the period of time in which professionals were banned from participating in the Grand Slams."