When Daniil Medvedev met the press following his win over Dominik Koepfer on Sunday at the US Open, the match between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka had not started yet. The Russian will face the Swiss next as Djokovic retired.
Speaking about the rivalry between Novak and Stan, Medvedev said: "First of all, I want to say that I have huge respect for both of them. They are both amazing champions of our sport. One a little bit more of champion than another, but still...
When I was playing junior Grand Slams, it was, like, a classic semifinal, Djokovic, Wawrinka, I remember two times in Australia, I think, and final of Roland Garros. It was all when I was a junior. Some amazing tennis from both of them, like, out of this world.
I will probably watch the match and enjoy it. Talking about them differently, I mean, playing Novak is always tough, and especially five-setters. At this moment we played two times out of five sets. I lost both of them. Our games are really physical.
Even he said it. It's not going to be easy. Or if Stan wins, I played him in Wimbledon. I think that was our only meeting. Totally different. Grass, I was young, I was less experienced, so I was on fire that match. I think that Stan also in Grand Slams, he's playing right now better than on other tournaments. Let's first see the winner."