Daniil Medvedev: Never seen Novak Djokovic talk negatively about opponent after match
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World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev says Novak Djokovic doesn't have a problem with congratulating opponents when they win a Grand Slam or achieve some notable milestone. Djokovic, who owns a record seven year-end No. 1 finishes, is in danger of losing the No.
1 spot this week. Medvedev, who has been ranked at No. 2 since last year's March, has a great chance to overtake the Serb at the No. 1 spot this week. Medvedev is playing in Acapulco, where he is the top. Meanwhile, Djokovic is chasing a sixth Dubai title.
If Medvedev wins Acapulco, he is guaranteed to become the No. 1 next week. "He's speaking the truth. Every time I achieved something, and not only me, we can see that for many players, Novak always congratulates everybody," Medvedev said, per Sportskeeda.
Djokovic will be the first to congratulate Djokovic
During his pre-tournament press conference in Dubai, Djokovic spoke highly of Medvedev as a player. When asked about the prospect of Medvedev becoming the new No. 1, Djokovic said he would be the first to congratulate the Russian.
Medvedev says Djokovic is extremely respectful off the court but admits he and the Serb sometimes can get caught up in the heat of the moment. "To be honest, we all know sometimes - I know better than anybody - that we are all competitive," Medvedev explained.
"So sometimes, during the match, there can be something with fans, with the opponent, with the referee, with anything, with the balls, I don't know, anything. And he can sometimes get really angry at some moments." Medvedev can't recall Djokovic speaking negatively of his opponents after a match.
"Maybe when he was really young, I don't know. But I don't think, at least when I came on the tour, that you're gonna find one match, where after the match Novak said something bad about the opponent, not congratulated him. That's how he is, " Medvedev added.