Novak Djokovic breaks down before losing US Open and historic Grand Slam bid

Novak Djokovic broke down in tears in the final set of his US Open defeat to Daniil Medvedev which put pay to his historic Grand Slam bid.

Djokovic, 34, was aiming to become just the sixth man in tennis history to complete a calendar sweep of the majors, while also looking to pick up an all-time record 21st men's title.

But Russian Medvedev, who had twice previously lost in Grand Slam finals, won the match in straight sets with a 6-4 6-4 6-4 victory.

And as it became apparent his record-breaking hopes were fading it all became too much for Djokovic who couldn't hold back his emotions on the court.

The Serb began crying during a changeover, using his towel to wipe away the tears as he got set to face Medvedev's serve for the match.

Victory would have taken him clear of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in the battle to become the most successful male in the sport's history.

It would also have marked the first time since Rod Laver in 1969 that a man had won a calendar Slam, which Djokavic had said would be the "greatest achievement" of his career.

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He had already won the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon, but it was second seed Medvedev who took his maiden Grand Slam in the final major of the year.

Not only did Djokovic tear up but he had also grown increasingly frustrated as things weren't going his way.

At one point he went to smash his racquet before refraining as a ball girl, who was visibly frightened, ran onto the court.

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He did eventually destroy it, though, smashing it on the ground three times in succession during the second set.

This is not the first time we've seen the first seed take out his anger on the court this year, with him throwing his racquet into empty stands at the Olympics in Tokyo.

That was his only other major failure this year which ended the chance of an extremely rare golden Slam year.

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