World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev loved practicing with Novak Djokovic as he considers the Serb as a friend. Medvedev and Djokovic are the world's top two players and they have had some big battles this year but the respect and admiration they have for each other is off the charts.
"It's very serious. Since I have become a top-10 player, I haven't played him in training sessions. I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know if he had trained a lot or not," Medvedev said of his recent practice session with Djokovic.
"I had anticipated this as a good training session and it was wonderful. We played for two hours, one set, and it was great.
Then we talked for 15-20 minutes, I love talking with him. I think I can say that he is a friend.
I hope. It's up to him to say so. "It was very pleasurable. We had a great time, especially if we talk about tennis and we had a great chat afterwards. It's really seldom that No. 1 and No. 2 have a training session together, and I think that for the academy it was a great event for them, and I loved the training session."
Medvedev doesn't want to reveal his vaccination status
In a recent interview, Djokovic refused to reveal his vaccination status and indicted he could skip the Australian Open. Medvedev agreed with Djokovic's views as he also believes that's a private matter.
"Look, I really liked what Novak said the other day. Tennis is an individual sport and I never want to reveal medical information because my rivals would have information about my possible weaknesses. In this case it should be the same.
Vaccination is a decision personal and there is no reason to disclose information, I am not going to do it," Medvedev said in a recent interview.