“He Has a Really Good Heart”: Dominic Thiem Says Novak Djokovic Deserves All the Love of Fans

Published 09/22/2021, 2:07 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) is overcome with emotion during an interview with ESPN hist Chris McKendry (R) during the trophy 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: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


Due to a wrist injury, Dominic Thiem could not defend his only Grand Slam title at the US Open 2021. However, like millions of fans around the world, he, too, saw the final between Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. And although the fan-favorite Serbian lost that match, Thiem lauded his incredible journey to the final.

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Djokovic had a remarkable 27-match winning streak in Grand Slam tournaments and was a win away from attaining the Calendar Slam. But Medvedev rose to the occasion and spoiled the Serbian’s chance at history. Subsequently, the 34-year-old also broke into tears as he neared the loss.

“We saw what was going on inside him; also what he had accumulated in the last weeks and months. That is simply inhuman,” Thiem said.

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Dominic Thiem on fans supporting Novak Djokovic at the US Open 2021 final

Many famous personalities from Hollywood and the sports world had come to witness the historic day in tennis. But this time, Novak Djokovic couldn’t put forward his best, losing to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final.

Despite the loss, the crowd cheered for the Serbian until the very last point. Later on, he admitted during the trophy ceremony that he had never felt so much love

Furthermore, Dominic Thiem talked about on the enormous love Djokovic received in New York. “I don’t know him that well, but I think he has a really good heart and has deserved the love of the whole audience here,” Thiem said. “We don’t need to talk about his sporting achievements anyway.”

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

As a consequence of the loss, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic remain tied at 20 Grand Slams each. The race to 21 will resume next year between the ‘Big 3’.

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Djokovic going for the record of year-end World No.1s

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With the help of frozen ATP Rankings, Djokovic remained World No.1 for the entirety of the 2021 season. Although Medvedev is close to him, it is unlikely that he will surpass the Serbian.

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match 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 importantly, if Djokovic finishes as year-end World No.1, he will become the first player to do that seven times. Last year, he equaled the record with American legend Pete Sampras.

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For now, both Djokovic and Medvedev have qualified for the year-end ATP Finals. Let’s see if the Russian finds a way to dethrone Djokovic near the end of the season.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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