Novak Djokovic fights back tears with emotional message after US Open final defeat

US Open: Djokovic shows frustration against Medvedev

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Novak Djokovic has been denied the chance to complete the Calendar Grand Slam. Daniil Medvedev produced a stunning display to win his maiden Grand Slam title, beating the world No 1 6-4 6-4 6-4 in the US Open final. The 20-time Grand Slam champion held back tears as he thanked the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd for supporting him, saying he’s “never felt like this”.

Djokovic fought through tears as he was presented with his runners-up plate after suffering a straight-sets defeat to Medvedev in the US Open final.

The world No 1 was looking to rewrite history by becoming the first man in 52 years to complete the Calendar Grand Slam.

Victory in Flushing Meadows would have also allowed him pull ahead of his rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and win a 21st Major title – the most for any man in history.

Although he was unable to capture the crown, the Serb sent an emotional message to the fans as he looked overwhelmed with emotion after receiving support from the crowd.

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“Thank you so much, guys,” he said during his trophy ceremony speech.

“I would like to start off by saying congatulations to Daniil. 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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The world No 1 admitted he had pictured himself both winning and losing the match, with history on the line, but broke away from any pre-planned words to thank the crowd.

Djokovic continued: “I was thinking in both scenarios, visualing myself standing here in front of you guys and what would I say.

“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.

“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.”

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