EMOTIONAL! Novak Djokovic Breaks Down Mid-Match Following the Overwhelming Support at US Open 2021

Published 09/12/2021, 6:40 PM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia cries as he takes the court after a line change in the third set against Daniil Medvedev of Russia 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


Entering the men’s singles final at Arthur Ashe stadium on Sunday, most fans would have predicted Novak Djokovic to go for history and win calendar grand slam against Daniil Medvedev. Even the head-to-head record with the Russian favors Djokovic.

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Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia hits a shot against Daniil Medvedev of Russia 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

More recently, the world number one crushed Medvedev in straight sets in the finals of Australian Open this year. But, if there was a player in the men’s locker room that could the Serb a run for his money, it’s Daniil Medvedev.

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Well, the number two seed did the unthinkable. Against an almost invincible opponent, Daniil Medvedev proved his mettle and defeated Djokovic in straight sets to capture a deserving and first-ever major title at the US Open.

Right from the start, there was immense pressure on Novak Djokovic and it was evident in the way he made errors from both the wings. Usually a phenomenal player on the backhand side, the Serb failed to connect most of the shots and couldn’t live up to Medvedev in longer rallies throughout the match.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia hits a shot against Novak Djokovic of Serbia 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

Medvedev displayed dominance against Djokovic in the US Open finals

The Arthur Ashe crowd wanted Djokovic to win and create history by becoming the first man ever to win 21 major titles and also to achieve the Calendar Slam. But, Medvedev had other plans.

After clinching the first set 6-4, the Russian had to face intense pressure from Djokovic on his serve and it looked as if Medvedev had given up his service to allow the Serb back in the game.

At the same time, errors started to come out of Novak. Right through the match, the Serb made errors on crucial points. Normally, Djokovic plays the best tennis under pressure but today it was different.

Maybe it was Medvedev who didn’t allow even a tiny bit of chance for Djokovic to bounce back or it could be the pressure Novak put on himself to achieve the calendar slam.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts to losing a game against Daniil Medvedev of Russia 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

Irrespective of the reason, the world number one lost the second set too as Medvedev began to find his range even better than he did in the first. The Russian won the second set, 6-4.

Now, coming back from a two-set deficit is not new to the Serbian tennis star. Recently against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the finals of the French Open, Djokovic bounced back in an emphatic manner after being two sets to love down to clinch the title.

But, today, in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the story was different. Djokovic’s body language said a different story than what fans were anticipating. The Serb was two breaks down on serve and Medvedev was serving for the match at 5-2.

While the Russian had a championship point at 40-30, the crowd began to boo as the umpire had to intervene and silence the fans before the game began. This interrupted the rhythm of the Russian as he lost his service game.

Novak Djokovic couldn’t stop his tears during changeover in the US Open final against Medvedev

Soon, the Serbian held his serve which was accompanied by a huge wave of applause from the Arthur Ashe crowd. But, Medvedev can still close the match as he was serving at 5-4 in the set.

During the change of ends, Djokovic could be seen holding a towel to his face and sobbing.

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It wasn’t an easy moment for the Serb as he was clearly overwhelmed by the support from the crowd.

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After this small moment of disappointment, the world number one played two impressive games from his end but Daniil Medvedev was too good as he closed out the match on his serve and outpowered Djokovic 6-4,6-4,6-4. This is the Russian’s first-ever major title.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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