US Open: The ambition to win gold in Tokyo and qualify for the 'Golden Slam' weighed on Djokovic in his main objective

The Serbian questioned his presence on the Video games after successful Wimbledon, however he went and returned punished by nice bodily and emotional exhaustion, along with dropping his impregnable aura

Djokovic applauds the New York crowd.KENA BETANCURAFP

Minutes after successful his sixth Wimbledon and equaling the highest 20 Federer and Nadal, Novak Djokovic slip at a press convention that he had not but determined whether or not to take part within the Tokyo Video games. The absence of the general public, the restrictions on the Olympic Village and the impossibility of together with his striker within the staff had been some causes that invited him to doubt. Lastly, the temptation to pursue the Golden slam, one thing that solely Steffi graf has gotten into tennis. After successful in Australia, Paris and London, he might full the right season, not simply be part of Donald budge and Rod Laver, the one two gamers able to successful all 4 majors in the identical season, but additionally hold the Olympic gold. The formidable problem included the twenty first main, detaching himself from the 2 tennis gamers with whom he has dominated the circuit.

Defeats towards Alexander Zverev within the semifinals after which towards Pablo Carreo Within the struggle for the bronze, tinged by very unedifying attitudes on the observe, they left him in a nasty place, as if within the three weeks between his sixth crown on the All England Membership and the Olympic hit he had misplaced a lot of his impregnable aura of which he might boast after dethroning even Nadal in his Parisian fiefdom. He had made a critical bodily and emotional funding, he had crossed half the world, uncovered to excessive circumstances of humidity, to return not solely with out the gold, which was the one goal, but additionally dismounted from the drawer, with the bruised picture and a few doubts.

The glare of the spotlights

It was, sure, crucial factor. Though each conquests, taking the twenty-first main and squaring all 4 in the identical course, went hand in hand, the potential of succeeding Laver, 52 years after the Australian accomplished his second Grand Slam, accentuated the glare of the spotlights on his determine. Laver had arrived in New York on Thursday with a mission to ship the cup to his inheritor. After the defeat, the one who awarded Medvedev was Stan smithchampion of the match in 1971. The struggle to complete off the biggest variety of greats continues and Nole He’s the perfect positioned to win it, however will probably be very troublesome to get again on the practice of historical past to accompany Laver and Budge.

The truth that he dropped at the very least one set in 5 of the six video games main as much as the US Open last denoted his state of tension. Tennis didn’t stream as normal. Medvedev, world quantity two, an achieved hardcourt specialist, raised the bar in a last the place the Serb by no means was. Not like at Roland Garros, when he went to the dressing room after dropping the primary two units to Tsitsipas, this time he didn’t cease the sport. He seemed that he needed to vanish as quickly as potential, to eliminate an insufferable weight.

After the penultimate recreation of the match I burst into tears in my chair. Accustomed to having the stands on his again, he had additionally discovered himself with the large assist of the general public of the Arthur Ashe, desperate to witness the best occasion in tennis historical past. All of a sudden, the participant given to the provocation, jealous of the love that tennis gamers like Nadal and Djokovic obtain, the implacable competitor, descended to the concrete and confirmed an untouched aspect, as he would do once more within the awards ceremony and within the wheel of press. He had failed in crucial recreation of his life, however this time he was leaving with the viewers in his pocket.