Daniil Medvedev: 'Novak Djokovic didn't play at his best, but it's still tough to..'



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Daniil Medvedev: 'Novak Djokovic didn't play at his best, but it's still tough to..'

En route to the ATP Finals trophy, Daniil Medvedev toppled the world's three leading players, becoming the fourth player who achieved that since 1973. Daniil toppled Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 in an hour and 21 minutes in the round-robin stage, secured the semi-final berth and gathered momentum ahead of future challenges.

Daniil lost 15 points behind the initial shot, fended off the only break chance and grabbed three return games to move over the top in style. Medvedev fired 20 winners and 12 unforced errors, leaving Novak on a 19-28 ratio and overpowering the five-time champion in the shortest and more extended exchanges to cross the finish line.

Djokovic survived two break chances in the opener's third game, closing it when Medvedev landed a forehand wide and taking six points on the return a few minutes later. The Russian survived four deuces in that fourth game and kept Novak away from break chances to bring it home with a forehand winner at the net after 11 minutes.

A service winner sent Djokovic 3-2 in front, looking good behind the initial shot in those moments before squandering four game points in a crucial game seven. Producing reliable strokes from both wings and every part of the court, Daniil stayed in touch and seized the third break chance after forcing an error from Novak to open a 4-3 gap and gain a massive boost.

Medvedev held at 15 a few minutes later following a loose forehand from Djokovic and took four straight points on the return in the next one for his second break and 6-3.

Daniil Medvedev defeated Novak Djokovic in straight sets at the ATP Finals.

The Russian held everything under control in set number two and broke the Serb once to sail over the top.

Djokovic sprayed a forehand mistake to suffer a break in game two, not looking like a player willing to chase the triumph from a set down. The Serb placed another weak drop shot in game three to waste his only break chance, allowing the Russian to close it with an ace down the T line and increase his streak to seven straight games!

Novak held at 30 in game four to end his downfall and closed the sixth to remain within one break deficit, desperately needing a good return game to get back on the scoreboard. Instead of that, Daniil clinched the seventh game at love in just over a minute and sealed the deal with a forehand winner at 5-3 for an impressive victory.

"Novak Djokovic didn't play his best match against me, but the thing is, you still have to play on a high level to beat him," Daniil Medvedev said.