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‘Why are you still here?’ – Daniil Medvedev wants to know why Novak Djokovic hasn’t retired after US Open final defeat


Daniil Medvedev jokingly asked Novak Djokovic why he hasn’t retired yet after losing the US Open final.

Djokovic beat Medvedev in straight sets to win his 24th Grand Slam title and his fourth in New York.

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Medvedev was beaten by Djokovic in straight setsCredit: Getty
Medvedev jokingly asked Djokovic why he hasn't retired yet

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Medvedev jokingly asked Djokovic why he hasn’t retired yetCredit: Getty

Despite being over in just three sets, it was a gruelling match with the second set lasting 104 minutes alone.

After the match, Medvedev asked: “What are you still doing here? I mean come on.”

But Djokovic insisted: “I’m going to keep going. You know, I feel good in my own body. I still feel I’ve got the support of my environment, of my team, of my family.

“The Grand Slams, I have said in the last few years, have been always the highest goal and the priority of mine in the whole season. I don’t play as much in terms of other tournaments, so I try to prioritise my preparation so that I can peak in slams.

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“These are the moments and these are the kind of emotions that I motivate myself with every single day when I’m not playing a tournament.

“Yeah, occasionally I ask myself ‘why do I need this still at this stage after all I have done, you know? How long do I want to keep going?’ I do have these questions in my head, of course.

“But knowing that I play at such a high level still, and I win the biggest tournaments in this sport, I don’t want to leave this sport if I’m still at the top, you know, if I’m still playing the way I’m playing.”

It was revenge for Djokovic following his 2021 US Open final defeat to Medvedev, denying him the calendar Slam.

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The Russian had chances to win that second set, but the match was seemingly over once he’d lost it.

“The second set was the best set I played and I didn’t win it,” he said.

“So that’s why it’s normal that the match went that way, because first and third he was kind of better. The second, if I would win it, maybe it could have been a different game.

“Yeah, that’s how life is and how tennis is. So I’m going to try to be better next time.”





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