Novak Djokovic US Open 2021

Novak Djokovic ‘absolutely deserved to complete calendar Grand Slam’, insists ATP rival


Italian teenage sensation Lorenzo Musetti has revealed he was supporting Novak Djokovic in his bid to complete calendar Grand Slam.

The 34-year-old was bidding to become the first male player in over 50 years to win all four Majors in the same year, Rod Laver completed the feat in 1969.

Djokovic’s bid for history fell at the final hurdle as he was defeated in straight sets by Daniil Medvedev in US Open final. The world number one won 27 consecutive Grand Slam matches which saw him win Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon titles earlier in the year to go level with Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time Major list with 20 Championships.

Musetti reiterated the thoughts of many analysts and fellow players that Djokovic struggled to deal with the enormous pressure.

“I thought he was immortal and instead even the greatest champions are crushed by the pressure. I didn’t see the whole match, I admit I slept,” Musetti told Italian press.

“But I saw him very very tense. I was sorry because I cheered for him, he absolutely deserved to complete the Grand Slam, even though Medvedev played an extraordinary tournament. Nole is a very special person. Very nice, I think he really deserved to complete the Calendar Grand Slam.” he added.

Musetti often trains with Djokovic and highlighted his attention to detail as a real asset.

“We talked but not about our game, training with him is always a privilege because you can see his way of working up close. His attention to detail is impressive.”

Novak Djokovic US Open 2021
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