Novak Djokovic failed to lead the race to finish as the best tennis player in history, pulse that maintains with Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal, all three with 20 Grand Slams, after losing the US Open final to Daniil Medvedev.
Since the Swiss (he turned 40 in August) raised his last major in Australia 2018, the Serbian (34) had conquered eight, by four the Spanish (35) and one the now-defunct Dominic Thiem, with physical and confidence problems since his triumph in New York. Nole had sprinted and Medvedev stopped him on the day that he could have completed his dream of winning all four majors in the same year.
After receiving a beating from Rafa Nadal in the 2020 Roland Garros final (6-0, 6-2 and 7-5), Leaving the fight at 20-20-17, the Belgrade wolf knew how to overcome it to link wins in Australia, Roland Garros (with victory over the 13-time champion in the semifinals) and Wimbledon. But the tension got the better of him at the US Open.
Federer spent a nearly blank 2020 due to two operations on his right knee. In 2021 he has only played 13 games (fourth at Wimbledon) and in August announced that I would go under the knife again which will have you “several months” off. Nadal is also in the dry dock, who decided to end the season after Roland Garros. A chronic injury to his left foot has forced him to stop and has no recurrence date. Without them in the ointment, the Serbian could not leave them behind.