Novak Djokovic may have dropped a major hint that he might just skip the rest of the ATP season.
The shattered Serb put on a brave face after going down 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to Daniil Medvedev to lose a sixth final at the US Open from nine played over his career.
The 34-year-old appears to be reeling psychologically after crashing out of the Olympics followed by his schooling a month later by his Russian finals opponent on Sunday night in New York.
Serb media got the inside story post-match with Djokovic indicating that his mind is not made up yet about how to proceed with the autumn rump of the calendar after absorbing his bitter one-two blow at Tokyo and Flushing Meadows.
“To be honest, I have no plans, absolutely nothing,” a distraught Djokovic said
“I don’t know if I’ll play something somewhere. Right now, my mind can only be here, in New York.”
Under normal circumstances, the world No. 1 would be expected to front up at the rescheduled Indian Wells Masters in early October and the Paris Bercy Masters in November before presumably taking his place at the ATP Finals in their new home of Turin.
The last third of the campaign will already be missing the injured pair of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal along with No. 8 Dominic Thiem.,
Main photo:- Novak Djokovic congratulates Daniil Medvedev after missing out on a record 21st and a season Grand Slam sweep. by Darren Carroll/USTA