Novak Djokovic admitted he was ‘subpar’ in his US Open final defeat, but attributed it to fatigue.
Djokovic was clearly short of his usual high standards as Daniil Medvedev beat him 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to end his hopes of winning a calendar Grand Slam this year.
After the match, though, Novak Djokovic conceded to the Serbian press that he was naturally disappointed, and he admitted he felt devoid of his usual inexhaustible energy.
“He was hitting his spots very well, he was very determined,” Djokovic said, as per Sasa Ozmo.
“You could feel that he was at the highest of his abilities. My legs were not there, I was subpar, lot of unforced errors, no serve.
“Turning point was the start of the second set. I was very close to break there. Who knows the trajectory of the match, with the crowd, but he did so well, deserved to win.
“I am disappointed, I know I could have and should have done better. Very tough loss, but I am happy for him, he is a nice guy and deserves it.
“Transition is inevitable, but us older guys, we are still there.
Djokovic: I was short today, but I have to be proud of what we achieved this year. I’ve learned to overcome this kind of tough losses, the ones that hurt the most. I will try to be stronger, to learn some lessons and to keep going. #USOpen
— Saša Ozmo (@ozmo_sasa) September 12, 2021
“I want to keep going and try to win more Slams and play for my country, those are the things that motivate me the most at this point. But I think tennis is in good hands.
“I was short today, but I have to be proud of what we achieved this year. I’ve learned to overcome this kind of tough losses, the ones that hurt the most.
“I will try to be stronger, to learn some lessons and to keep going.”
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