What a way to close the year for Daniil Medvedev. The world number two won his first Grand Slam title a couple of months ago in New York and is now very close to lifting the "Salad Bowl" in Madrid. On his tie against Germany, where he beat Jan-Lennard Struff, he stated: “It's never easy, it's Davis Cup.
Although without a doubt, if you look at the scoreboard, there have been only two individual matches, and I have not faced a break ball until the last game of the match. But it is never easy. I have seen Andrey (Rublev) on television, and he has played with great confidence.
In my game, until 4-4 in the first set, my rival was playing at a high level, serving incredible. Then he had a worse game with fewer firsts and more errors and I was able to break his serve. It was the key to the game. In less than six hours we have taken out both games, with freshness for the final and a lot of confidence, "he added in statements taken up by "Break Point."
Now in the title series, Russia will face dangerous Croatia. Despite the difficulty that their rival could mean, they start as clear favorites. "It would have been special to play Novak Djokovic in the final. He always is.
But this is the Davis Cup. He won his match, but he's not in the final. Borna Gojo did an amazing job from what I could tell. Huge stuffy in this competition. Since he had won his match, it was known that even if Novak won it would not be easy against the best doubles pair in the world."
Nole doesn't have any regrets in life
When quizzed on whether he felt any regrets about continuing to play after the US Open, Novak Djokovic answered in the negative. He always gives his best when playing for Serbia, as it holds special meaning to him and his teammates as well.
The Davis Cup format is cruel according to him, as one singles win isn't enough and it's important to win every match and set as it all counts. "Season finished today, so I don't regret any tournament that I played after the date that you mentioned," he said.
"I give my best, as I always do, for national team. There is extra meaning and importance for me, for everybody involved. Unfortunately wasn't to be this time," he rued. "One singles win is not enough. This kind of competition is cruel in a way because it just requires you to win every single match that you play or every single set because it counts.
I don't regret anything in life," he said. "I try to draw lessons from especially the tough moments like this. As much as it hurts me personally and us as a team, these are usually the biggest opportunities to get stronger, to grow, and develop to be even a better person and a player."