“We Are All Human Beings”: Lorenzo Sonego Sympathizes With Novak Djokovic on US Open 2021 Loss

Published 10/22/2021, 9:29 AM EDT
Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after winning his semi final match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic was sailing effortlessly through Grand Slam events this season. The Serbian ace won the first three Majors of the season. He looked likely to complete the Calendar Slam at the final Grand Slam of the season. However, he fell short during the US Open 2021 after losing to Russian star Daniil Medvedev in the final. 

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Recently, Italian tennis player Lorenzo Sonego spoke on Novak Djokovic and him being unable to go the distance and win the final Grand Slam event of the season.

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The Italian player feels for Novak Djokovic

Lorenzo felt that the pressure got to Nole, and he’s only human as well. However, he did not wish to take any credit from the World No. 1 player and complimented him on the success he has enjoyed this year. Not many players are capable of winning three Grand Slam titles in a single season. 

The Italian player spoke on this and stated, “Nole has shown that we are all human beings and that the pressure is very difficult to manage. If no one has been able to do it in the past 50 years, there must be a reason. And anyway, winning three Grand Slams and making the final in the last one is something that only phenomena can achieve.”

(Quotes translated using Google translate)

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Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – May 15, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his semi final match against Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Sonego and Djokovic faced off this season in the semi-final of the Italian Open where the Serb triumphed 6-3, 7-6(5), 6-2. The Italian tennis player was last seen at the Indian Wells Masters. Sadly, he lost in the first round. He even competed in the doubles event but lost in the quarterfinal.

Djokovic was one win away from creating history by winning all four Grand Slam events this season. Since then, he has not been seen on a tennis court competing.

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However, he is expected to compete in the Davis Cup for Serbia, followed by the Rolex Paris Masters and then the season-ending ATP Finals. We wish him all the best for the upcoming matches and for the remainder of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has 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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