Serbian tennis superstar Novak Djokovic was full of praise for world No. 5 Daniil Medvedev after edging out the Russian in an ATP Cup thriller. Djokovic, ranked at No. 2 in the world, defeated Medvedev 6-1 5-7 6-4 in the second rubber of the Serbia - Russia semifinal tie to book a final spot for his side.
The Serb claimed the lone break of the third set in the fifth game and saved three break points when serving for the match in the 10th game. In the opening rubber of the tie, Serbian world No. 34 Dusan Lajovic stunned 17th-ranked Karen Khachanov.
"Exciting, exhausting, joyful, dreadful all at once. At one point we both refused to miss from baseline, so it was a lot of rallies and it was very exhausting. Very physical battle, but also mental battle,” Djokovic said after the match, per the ATP Cup.
“He showed why he's one of the best players in the world, why he's Top 5. This kind of consistency and this kind of solid game from back of the court, big serves got him to where he is. He deserves to be there.
“Definitely one of the most exciting matches I have played against him or any other top player last few years."