Novak Djokovic speaks following his US Open defeat against Daniil Medvedev.2021|00:55
Novak Djokovic said the love of the US Open crowd felt "as strong as winning 21 grand slams". Djokovic has surpassed his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in many aspects of the game but has been constantly reminded that, in terms of popularity, he occupies a distant third place. In New York on Sunday, though, as he tried to become the first man ever to win a 21st grand slam title, and the first for more than 50 years to complete the calendar Grand Slam, Djokovic was cheered to the rafters as he fought opponent Daniil Medvedev and himself. After giving himself a glimmer of hope by pulling back to 5-4 in the third set, Djokovic sat on his chair and sobbed with sheer gratitude. A game later, Medvedev celebrated a 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory, and with it his first grand slam title.