Novak Djokovic spoke highly of Daniil Medvedev after the Russian beat him in the semi-final in Cincinnati. Medvedev has now reached three finals in a row: Washington, Montreal and just Cincinnati. Speaking of the Russian's chances in the US Open, Djokovic said: "He deserves to be in the mix, certainly, with all his results.
He's working his way to top 5 of the world. He's definitely one of the best players in the world at this moment. He deserves to be in the contention for the championship in New York. But again, it's best of five. It's for two weeks.
It's a Grand Slam. It's a different environment, a different experience. It just takes, you know, much more, I think, than just your game. I think it takes patience and ability to know how to deal with all the off-court things, the importance of a slam.
He's been doing well, you know, in most of the tournaments. Slams, he still has, you know, yet to break to the last, so to say, 8 or last 4 of the slam, as is Zverev, for example, you know, who is again an amazing player, struggling in Grand Slams.
Because Grand Slams are just different tournaments, you know. They have so many challenges on and off the court for a tennis player. It messes up with your mind at times. But that's why, over the years, you know, you gain experience that helps you." Djokovic was the defending champion and as a result of his loss, he will lose 740 rankings points.