“History Is Heavy”: Coach Patrick Mouratoglou Feels Pressure on Novak Djokovic Made Him Falter at US Open 2021

Published 09/13/2021, 6:35 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) talks with Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) during the trophy presentation 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: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been the most dominant player in the last decade. The honors he has earned along with the records he has broken in the recent past highlight his mark on the game. In the current season itself, the Serb has won all the Grand Slam events that have taken place. 

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Yesterday, Novak Djokovic lost to Daniil Medvedev in the final of the US Open 2021. In doing so, he missed out on the chance to create further greatness, winning all four Majors in a calendar year. Coach Patrick Mouratoglou felt the pressure riding on the Serb may have altered his form in the final. 

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates with the championship trophy after his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (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

The 50-year-old spoke on this and stated, History is heavy. Novak has been carrying it on his shoulders all year long and has felt isolated in his quest. Yesterday he felt support for the first time but too late. Huge congratulations to Daniil Medvedev for playing an atomic level of tennis! Well deserved.”

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Novak Djokovic won the first three Majors in 2021

Reflecting on Djokovic’s season so far, he won the Australian Open, beating Daniil Medvedev in the final. In Paris, he defeated Rafael Nadal in the semifinal and went on to win the title. In the final, he was down two sets and eventually fought back to win the title against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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

After that, he was seen at the Wimbledon Championships. Out there, he won his sixth title beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the final. In doing so, he has now tied up with Federer and Nadal on 20 Grand Slam titles. 

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Going by history, the Serb always finds a way to bounce back to winning ways. We wish him all the best for the rest of the season and in the future. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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