"My legs were not there" admits Novak Djokovic after his US Open loss

Novak Djokovic played a very bad match for his standards in the US Open final and after the match, he admitted that it was not good enough.

Djokovic had a chance to make history however Daniil Medvedev had other plans. The Russian played superbly from start to finish and won the match in 3 sets much easier than anybody though possible. Djokovic was off from the start and never quite fond his rhytm. After the match he said:

“He was hitting his spots very well, he was very determined. You could feel that he was at the highest of his abilities. My legs were not there, I was subpar, lot of unforced errors, no serve."

And indeed Djokovic could not even count on his serve to bail him out at times. It never got over 55 % overall with the 2nd set being especially bad at 47 %. Djokovic had chances in that 2nd set and had he used them the match could have gone in a different direction:

“Turning point was the start of the second set. I was very close to break there. Who knows the trajectory of the match, with the crowd, but he did so well, deserved to win. I am disappointed, I know I could have and should have done better. Very tough loss, but I am happy for him, he is a nice guy and deserves it."

Djokovic also reflected on the future saying that the 'old guys' are still there even though the transition is inevitable:

"Transition is inevitable, but us older guys, we are still there. 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."

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