Medvedev snubs Djokovic: 'Rafael Nadal was the best player of the year'

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Medvedev snubs Djokovic: 'Rafael Nadal was the best player of the year'

Daniil Medvedev was asked who between the Spaniard Rafael Nadal and the Serb Novak Djokovic was the best player of the season. They split Grand Slam titles as the Mallorcan won the French and US Opens, Djokovic triumphed in Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

"I think everyone can say Nadal was the best player of the year, since he has always been consistent and he got amazing results, winning many titles including two Grand Slams. I do not know if he is at 100 percent or not, but I know I will have to give my best," said Medvedev.

Djokovic spoke about the elbow injury he suffered back in 2017. The Serbian player said: "I was standing on the court and when I clenched my fist around the handle, I could feel the nerve endings. The pain was reverberating right down my forearm from the wrist to the elbow.

I knew then enough was enough. I had played through that injury just because I could not bear to stop and be out of the game for so long. It was one of those injuries that I would constantly keep on hold, but the process of doing that became greater with every month and every year.

In the end, I had naturalised so much the idea of playing whilst injured. I had become accostumed to a process of painkillers and anti-inflammatories. And when it came to taking seven months out for my elbow to be operated on, and the recovery process, i thought I would hate it. Yet in the end it was such a relief to do something different for a while."