Novak Djokovic Says US Open Final Was ‘Win for His Life’ Despite His Brutal Loss

Published 11/01/2021, 1:34 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia speaks to the crowd during the trophy presentation ceremony after his match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia (not pictured) in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports


World No.1 Novak Djokovic recently landed in the French capital for the Rolex Paris Masters 2021. The Serbian ace hasn’t appeared professionally match since the US Open 2021 finals and thus, fans are excited to witness him at the upcoming Masters tournament.

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Novak Djokovic didn’t participate at the Rolex Paris Masters last year. However, he emerged as the champion of the tournament in 2019 and has won the most number of Rolex Paris Masters titles to date.

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Novak Djokovic reacts to his US Open 2021 defeat

Unfortunately, Djokovic failed to achieve the Calendar Slam after losing to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open 2021. In the pre-tournament press conference of the Rolex Paris Masters 2021, the Serb mentioned that he always takes lessons from his defeats.

Novak Djokovic cries as he takes the court in the third set against Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final. Day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

“I’ve learned over the years to deal with losses, I treat them as opportunities for growth. USO loss has arrived arguably in the worst, but also the best time. I was blessed to experience the support from the crowd where I usually don’t, it was a win for life,” said Djokovic in the press conference.

Interestingly, Djokovic also talked about the positives after his US Open 2021 loss. He stated that he got a lot of support from the crowd, which made him really happy.

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“I need to improve”- Djokovic ahead of the Rolex Paris Masters 2021

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In the same press conference, Nole highlighted that the US Open 2021 was a reality check for him. He feels that he got to learn about the areas that he needs to work upon in order to improve his gameplay.

Novak Djokovic hits a shot against Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final. Day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

“It was a reality check (USO) to see what I need to improve. Let’s see how emotionally recovered I am, we’ll see, I haven’t played in a while,” added the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

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Novak Djokovic has already qualified for the ATP Finals but hasn’t won a Masters 1000 tournament in 2021. Will he be able to conquer Pars this year?

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Anshul Singh

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Anshul Singh is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 1000 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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