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U.S. Open Finals: Novak Djokovic admits nerves failed him in finals loss; says Wawrinka deserves to be in ‘big five’

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World number one Novak Djokovic had considered to skip the U.S. Open because of injury issues but still managed to push through the finals against Stan Wawrinka. However, Djokovic was defeated by world number three Stan Wawrinka in four sets, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, who collected the third major trophy of his career and first at Flushing Meadows. Djokovic’s loss to Wawrinka was his first time in the last seven years of playing in the U.S. Open finals.

Although the result didn’t come his way, Djokovic still acknowledged his loss as he became too passive at pivotal moments of the match.

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“I lost my nerve in the important moments. He kept his cool,” said Djokovic. “I think that’s what decided the match. I guess sometimes it happens, even though you have the experience and know what to do”

“Just the heat of the moment and importance of the match, I guess, you know, was too strong for me at certain periods of the match. Just if you lose your cool, the match can go away,” he added.

According to ABC News, Djokovic suffered 46 unforced errors against Wawrinka’s 30 but the world number one’s biggest problem were on break points. He only managed to convert 3 out of 17.

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In an interview, Djokovic also acknowledged his opponents efforts and stated that Wawrinka deserves to be in the ‘big five’.

“He plays best in the big matches and definitely deserves to be mentioned in the mix of top players,” said Djokovic.

In a report posted by BBC News, world number three Wawrinka insisted he was ‘really far’ from the ‘big four’ of Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. The ‘big four’ have won 42 of the past 47 Grand Slams. Wawrinka now ties with Olympic champion Murray.

The U.S. Open finals between Djokovic and Wawrinka lasted for almost four hours.

Photo courtesy: Marianne Bevis/Flickr

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