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Not a fan of Novak. But this has been a magnificient, unbelievably awesome effort.
How can any true tennis fan not appreciate, admire and be grateful for a privilege he gave us this year to watch this go the distance.

Pure appreciation and the best of luck in the rest of his wonderful career.
 

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It's a great effort and he has clearly been the best of the Big 3 and will break the Slam record, deservedly. It is very sad for him that he could not take the CYGS but it feels like he has achieved more than Laver beating mainly amateurs with not even 1/100th the pressure level.
 

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Thank you. Some people will gloat about this, however this was just not meant to be. Sometimes you need element of luck and Djokovic just didn't have it:
  • Had 3 night matches leading into this final, while Medvedev had 3 day matches leading into this final. Everyone know that night and day conditions are different at Ashe.
  • Medvedev had nobodies to go against until the final, while Djokovic had 3 slam finalists leading into the final + another 2 slam finalist in the final.

A bit of luck was needed but was not there. Life goes on. Fresh Novak would have offered more than this.
 

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yeah,baffles me that fedtards are coming out celebrating, fed has never even been close to this kind of chance

also I see 2 of 3 of the top 3 next gen players celebrate Djokovic as the Goat

fedal doesnt win in this failure,it is laver the old rat who still rides on the CYGS train,that old man should be out of the GOAT debate anyways
 

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yeah,baffles me that fedtards are coming out celebrating, fed has never even been close to this kind of chance

also I see 2 of 3 of the top 3 next gen players celebrate Djokovic as the Goat

fedal doesnt win in this failure,it is laver the old rat who still rides on the CYGS train,that old man should be out of the GOAT debate anyways
What was this CYGS anyway - playing most of it on grass with a crowd of your parents and the gamesman who mows the lawn. The pressure was nothing remotely comparable to what Djokovic faced and I suspect he just did not sleep the night before, which is why he was so bad. Djokovic >>>>> Laver.
 

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Especially after the USO episode last year, the way he bounced back is outrageous. He was definitely overcome with emotion today. He didn't win the title, but he by far got closest than any man in decades. He'll view this season as a success soon enough, but it will take him time LOL

I'm very curious to see where he goes from here. Medvedev was peaking here. Djokovic was not and the pressure on him much more than usual. The Serb obviously has more to give, but how much more?
 

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What was this CYGS anyway - playing most of it on grass with a crowd of your parents and the gamesman who mows the lawn. The pressure was nothing remotely comparable to what Djokovic faced and I suspect he just did not sleep the night before, which is why he was so bad. Djokovic >>>>> Laver.
that might be too far from truth,but yeah the gist is the same,totally different competitions
 

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As a Laver fan I can only echo Rod's words that "Novak is "one of the greatest". The CYGS is the hardest thing to achieve in all sports and there's nothing to say that Novak won't go for it again. "The Quest continues" as Rod says - not just for Djokovic but for all players. It might be true that Djokovic lost the most important match of his career, but it's also true that he got himself in that position so respect to him for that; not many players achieve that!. On the other hand you have to be realistic that his opponents and their fans are happy that he was defeated. For me, it was always going to be sad if Laver was displaced as GOAT, so him securing that status was always going to be met with relief and a wee celebration. I'd expect the same from Nole fans if he won and we were in ruins.
 

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As a Laver fan I can only echo Rod's words that "Novak is "one of the greatest". The CYGS is the hardest thing to achieve in all sports and there's nothing to say that Novak won't go for it again. "The Quest continues" as Rod says - not just for Djokovic but for all players. It might be true that Djokovic lost the most important match of his career, but it's also true that he got himself in that position so respect to him for that; not many players achieve that!. On the other hand you have to be realistic that his opponents and their fans are happy that he was defeated. For me, it was always going to be sad if Laver was displaced as GOAT, so him securing that status was always going to be met with relief and a wee celebration. I'd expect the same from Nole fans if he won and we were in ruins.
Did Laver ever complete the nole slam? No. So he is able to do CYGS twice, but isn't capable of doing NoleSlam even once right? Proved that Nole slam is the hardest thing to achieve 🤷
 

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Did Laver ever complete the nole slam? No. So he is able to do CYGS twice, but isn't capable of doing NoleSlam even once right? Proved that Nole slam is the hardest thing to achieve 🤷
28 bo5 wins on three surfaces was harder to achieve than Laver's 25 & 26 on two surfaces, or Budge's 24 (but he has won six in a row). .
 

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So close yet so far. Golden chance for Joe gone a begging.
 

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Did Laver ever complete the nole slam? No. So he is able to do CYGS twice, but isn't capable of doing NoleSlam even once right? Proved that Nole slam is the hardest thing to achieve 🤷
There is no such thing as a "Nole Slam". There is CGS and CYGS. The history books are clear that CYGS is the hardest achievement. To Nole's credit he never shied away from the scope and scale of the potential achievement. His fans should do the same.
 

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What was this CYGS anyway - playing most of it on grass with a crowd of your parents and the gamesman who mows the lawn. The pressure was nothing remotely comparable to what Djokovic faced and I suspect he just did not sleep the night before, which is why he was so bad. Djokovic >>>>> Laver.
Didn't Djokovic say pressure is a privilege? So it shoukd have been more favourable conditions for him to win than in Laver's time.
 

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Especially after the USO episode last year, the way he bounced back is outrageous. He was definitely overcome with emotion today. He didn't win the title, but he by far got closest than any man in decades. He'll view this season as a success soon enough, but it will take him time LOL

I'm very curious to see where he goes from here. Medvedev was peaking here. Djokovic was not and the pressure on him much more than usual. The Serb obviously has more to give, but how much more?
Lol if u have to ask this question.

His mission since start of 2020 has been to eclipse as many of Fed's records as possible & i'd say he has done a pretty stalwart job of it up to now.
It really wasn't about Laver as they were in completely different eras & it's still not accurate or fair to compare completely different eras.
From here on out, it's all about surpassing the Swissman in as many records as possible & he will go as long as he can still stand up & hold a racquet.
 

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Never was a fan of Djokovic and would even say he has been my least liked top player over the last few years but what the guy accomplished especially this year is unbelievable.

I admit that I even wanted him to win on Sunday despite wanting the new gen to break through so bad because I was getting bored of watching tennis especially slams but I thought they can maybe wait for one more haha
 

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yeah,baffles me that fedtards are coming out celebrating, fed has never even been close to this kind of chance

also I see 2 of 3 of the top 3 next gen players celebrate Djokovic as the Goat

fedal doesnt win in this failure,it is laver the old rat who still rides on the CYGS train,that old man should be out of the GOAT debate anyways
Come again?
 

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Full respect to Djokovic for what he has achieved in the slams this year - went from 17 to 20 to join Federer and Nadal and he has also now won each slam at least twice. 👍

I personally wanted to see Djokovic write tennis history by winning the US Open, his 21st slam and achieve the CYGS. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be for him, he wasn't in his best form during the US Open, being on court for an extra 5 hours in the lead-up to the final compared to Medvedev did not help him.

Djokovic was way off mentally and physically during the final, he was like a zombie, the pressure of achieving so many records had he won the final was definitely weighing on his mind and it was too much.

Hats off to Medvedev though, he definitely learnt some lessons from the Aus Open final defeat and this time around, he put together a solid game plan of serving great (except for his last 2 service games) and continuously hitting deep, flat shots that gave Djokovic no rhythm or pace to feed off. A well-deserved 1st slam title for Medvedev (hopefully he will win multiple slams during his career). 🙂
 
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What was this CYGS anyway - playing most of it on grass with a crowd of your parents and the gamesman who mows the lawn. The pressure was nothing remotely comparable to what Djokovic faced and I suspect he just did not sleep the night before, which is why he was so bad. Djokovic >>>>> Laver.
I mean, were they even playing with shoes during Laver time?
 
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