Andy Murray sends message to Novak Djokovic over failed calendar Grand Slam bid

Daniil Medvedev wins US Open to deny Novak Djokovic calendar Grand Slam

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Andy Murray has sent a positive message to Novak Djokovic after his failed attempt at a Calendar Slam. The Serb fell at the final hurdle at the US Open earlier this month, losing to Daniil Medvedev in the final at Flushing Meadows.

Victory would have seen him become the first male player since Rod Laver in 1969 to will all four major singles’ tournaments in the same year.

But despite cruising to the final, Djokovic lost to his Russian opponent in straight sets and remained tied on 20 career Grand Slam success with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Despite the loss, Murray has praised the Serb for his incredible achievements over the course of the year, and said his run proved that it is an achievable feat.

“Making it is possible,” the Scot said.

“Nole was only one match away from doing it.

“Serena [Williams] probably felt same as Djokovic when she lost the semi-final in 2015.”

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The Scot was also keen to point out that, while they were not all in the same calendar year, Djokovic is the only men’s player since Laver to manage four major titles in a row.

Murray added: “Anyway, he already won four Grand Slams in a row, not in the same year but he did it.”

The Scot joins Djokovic’s rival Federer in hailing the world number one’s achievements in the past 12 months.

The Swiss told Eurosport: “It was also nice to see [Laver] again now at the US Open in the finals, watching Novak try to equal his Calendar Grand Slam and I think it is possible that it’s gonna happen again.

“We saw it with Novak, myself and Rafa that we come extremely close but just doing it, you know, I think you need a bit of luck.”

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Federer continued: “You need perseverance, strength, you need everything, and that’s why I think it’s gonna be hard but it’s possible.

“We’ll have to ask also Rod Laver what he thought because he was sitting [in the] first row watching Novak play.

“But what Novak did this year was, of course, truly exceptional.”

Meanwhile, Djokovic was fighting back tears on the court in the immediate aftermath of his US Open final loss.

“Thank you so much, guys,” he said during his trophy ceremony speech as he praised the crowd which had given him a warmer reception than he is perhaps used to.

“I would like to start off by saying congratulations to Daniil. Amazing match, amazing tournament. If there is anyone that deserves a Grand Slam title right now it is you, so well done.

“To your team, you have an amazing team, you are one of the greatest guys on the tour, we get along very well. I wish you many more Grand Slams, many more majors to follow, and I am sure you will be on this stage again in the future.”

With tears in his eyes, the 34-year-old then turned to the spectators and spoke from the heart as he shared his appreciation for the support he received, saying he had “never felt like this”.

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