“Probably Felt Same”: Andy Murray Draws Comparison Between Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Following US Open Losses

Published 09/20/2021, 12:55 PM EDT
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 10: Novak Djokovic of Serbia talks with Andy Murray of Great Britain before their practice match ahead of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 10, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


Before the start of the US Open this year, the general consensus towards the tournament was that it might not be as interesting as its previous editions as top players like Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer decided to opt out of the event. But, the possibility of Novak Djokovic achieving the calendar slam in New York brought the necessary excitement to all the fans across the globe.

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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

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Novak Djokovic had a tough run in the US Open final against Daniil Medvedev

While the world no.1 couldn’t get to make history as he fell to Daniil Medvedev in the finals, the tournament exceeded everyone’s expectations and became the best slam of the year, in terms of quality.

Now that the tournament was over, Djokovic might have had the time to look back at what went wrong in the final against Medvedev.

It can be reminded that there isn’t much to dwell upon technically for the Serb because the amount of positive energy he received from the crowd made it a bit too overwhelming for him post the first-set debacle.

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

Also, if the calendar slam is all about winning the four majors consecutively, then that record is something that Djokovic had achieved the feat by winning all the majors between 2015 Wimbledon and 2016 French Open.

More than the US Open, it was the Tokyo Olympics defeat that would have been painful for the world no.1. It was evident on-court as he showed his frustration during duels against Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Men’s Singles – Semifinal – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Novak Djokovic of Serbia reacts during his semifinal match against Alexander Zverev of Germany REUTERS/Mike Segar

“Nole was only one match away” – Murray on Djokovic missing out on Calendar Slam this year

Talking about the Serbian star’s US Open defeat, his long-time rival Andy Murray came to his defense and mentioned that Djokovic had already won all the four slams in a row.

Making it is possible, Nole was only one match away from doing it. Serena probably felt same of Djokovic when she lost the semifinal in 2015. Anyway he already won 4 slams in a row, not in the same year but he did it”, the two-time Wimbledon champion mentioned.

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The Brit also talked about Serena’s near miss at a Calendar slam back in 2015, where she lost to Italian Roberta Vinci in the US Open semi-finals. This defeat marked the end of a 26-match winning streak for the American in majors.

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Coming to Djokovic, a single defeat might not be as impactful and certainly isn’t a change of guard from Big-3 to the Next-Gen at slams. However, it can be inferred that Medvedev’s victory will certainly boost the morale of his peers and give them enough confidence to defeat Novak Djokovic in the near future.

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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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