No, Novak Djokovic didn’t complete the calendar-year Grand Slam at the US Open.
But for all of the headlines using words like “fail” to describe the end result, there's another way to look at Djokovic's showing in New York.
No other man has come anywhere near as close to a Calendar Slam in 52 years:
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Djokovic are widely considered the three greatest men’s players of all time, but neither Federer nor Nadal have ever won the first two majors to start a season, let alone the first three, let alone the first three AND reaching the final of the fourth.
Djokovic first pulled off the Australian Open-Roland Garros double in 2016, and this year he did something far more historic. The 34-year-old became the first male player to win the first three majors of the year since Rod Laver went on to claim the calendar-year Grand Slam in 1969.
His run in New York was still record-breaking:
Djokovic reached his ninth career US Open final this year, which is more than any other man in the Open Era. He came into this year’s event in a three-way tie with Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras at eight finals.
This was also his 31st career Grand Slam final, tying Federer for most for a man in tennis history. Nadal isn’t too far behind with 28—no other man has even been to 20.
And his win over No. 4 Alexander Zverev in the semifinals not only avenged a loss to the German from the semifinals of the Tokyo Olympics, it was also his 225th career Top 10 win, passing Federer for most career Top 10 wins in ATP rankings history (Federer’s now in second place with 224, followed by Nadal with 178, Lendl with 166 and Jimmy Connors with 131).