Novak Djokovic fires Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal message after US Open final loss
US Open: Djokovic shows frustration against Medvedev
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Novak Djokovic fired a warning to Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal after his US Open final defeat to Daniil Medvedev. The world number 1 was denied in his bid to win the Calendar Grand Slam and move ahead of Federer and Nadal as the man with the most Major title wins in history.
Djokovic was looking to rewrite history by becoming the first man in 52 years to win all four Grand Slams in a calendar year.
Victory at Flushing Meadows would have also moved him ahead of Federer and Nadal with 21 Major wins.
But Medvedev had other ideas, with the 25-year-old winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 to claim his first Slam.
Afterwards, Djokovic admitted there was a new generation of talent taking over – but warned his fellow ‘Big Three’ stars he hadn’t finished winning Grand Slams.
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“Transition is inevitable, but us older guys, we are still there,” the Serbian said in his press conference.
“I want to keep going and try to win more Slams and play for my country, those are the things that motivate me the most at this point.
“But I think tennis is in good hands.”
Djokovic fought through tears as he was presented with his runners-up plate following his straight-sets defeat to the Russian.
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“I would like to start off by saying congatulations to Daniil,” said Djokovic during his trophy ceremony speech at the Arthus Ashe stadium.
“Amazing match, amazing tournament. If there is anyone that deserves a Grand Slam title right now it is you, so well done.
“To your team, you have an amazing team, you are one of the greatest guys on the tour, we get along very well. I wish you many more Grand Slams, many more majors to follow, and I am sure you will be on this stage again in the future.”
With tears in his eyes, the 34-year-old then turned his attention to the spectators and spoke from the heart as he shared his appreciation for the support he received, saying he had “never felt like this”.
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“I would like to say that tonight, even though I have not won the match, my heart is filled with joy and I am the happiest man alive because you guys made me feel very special on the court,” Djokovic added.
“You guys touched my soul. I have never felt like this is New York. I love you guys.
“Thank you so much for your support and everything you have done tonight for me. I love you and I will see you soon. Thank you.”
Medvedev responded by apologising to Djokovic’s fans before he and made a bold statement on the GOAT debate as he compared Djokovic to Federer and Nadal.
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