Novak Djokovic praised the US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev's improvements over the recent times. The Serbian player, who lost to the Russian in the Cincinnati semifinals in August, said: "The last several months he's been playing the tennis of his life.
He's played finals at least in every event in the last whatever, five, six events, which is amazing. He's improved his movement, his fitness. He's got the big serve, he's got the height and he uses angles very well.
Backhand – hard to break that backhand, it's very flat. He doesn't make many mistakes and he can hit anything he wants from that corner. Forehand maybe has been his weaker side, but now he's improved that, so he's a very complete player."
On the support he gets in Shanghai, Djokovic added: "I love China, I always try to interact with the fans as much as possible. They are very loyal. I have learnt some simple Chinese characters and vocabulary. I think my Chinese characters are OK, I hope to make the fans happy."
The former Russian player Andrey Cheskonov spoke highly of Daniil Medvedev. Cheskonov said: "Medvedev made a miracle during the American summer. He was in the Washington final, he lost to Nadal 6-3 6-0. And when you lose with that score, it's difficult mentally to get to the next match.
But after Montreal, he won in Cincinnati. Everyone were asking if he would have enough tank for the US Open. And he reached the final. He fought until the last ball, this final with Nadal was the icing on the cake. What he achieved was already big. I think it's a matter of time before he wins Grand Slam titles."