Serbian Novak Djokovic could not hold back the tears at the end of his match with Daniil Medvedev, which enshrined the Russian as the winner of the US Open this Sunday with sets of 6-4, 6-4, 6 -4.
Before the lane change prior to the last game, both players took a break and sat down. With little chance of winning, Djokovic succumbed to his emotions. He put a towel on his head to hide his anguish and despair over the missed goal and began to cry.
Already in the second set the Serbian had shown the frustration he felt by breaking his racket against the floor.
Although on other occasions Djokovic had ended up whistled and criticized for losing his cool during their encounters, this time he received the fervent support of the crowd. On social media, many users showed their sympathy for the world’s number one, stating that the pressure had finally taken its toll.
However, a minority of netizens seem less inclined to sympathize with Djokovic. One of them remembered the words of the tennis player during the Olympic Games in Japan, when he said that living with pressure at the top of the sport “is a privilege”. At that time, American gymnast Simone Biles announced her retirement from Tokyo competitions due to “mental health” issues, as the pressure to return home with the gold medal had overcome her.
Djokovic reached the US Open final with the disappointment of having run out of the gold medal at the Olympics and was looking for a historic feat today. He wanted not only to equal Rod Laver’s record by winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in a single season, but to break the 20-trophy tie he continues to share with Roger Federer of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain.
“A much-needed release from what we can only imagine was a mountain of pressure to win Olympic gold and the Grand Slam. They both slipped through his fingers. He experiences so much success. It’s a real pain. I feel sorry for him.” wrote about it on Twitter the renowned tennis analyst Craig O’Shannessy.
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