World No. 4 Daniil Medvedev couldn't hide his happiness after beating Novak Djokovic at the Nitto ATP Finals as he acknowledged that the 17-time Grand Slam champion is "one of the greatest champions" in tennis history.
Medvedev, who didn't win a single match in his Nitto ATP Finals debut last year, surprised world No. 1 Djokovic 6-3 6-3 to improve to 2-0 at the event this year and already clinch the top place of Group Tokyo 1970. "I like to play Novak because he is one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport,” Medvedev said after the match, per the Nitto ATP Finals.
“When I was eight years old, I was already watching him on TV winning Grand Slams. He was still young. It is always a dream come true to play against him. "Of course, [I am] really happy to beat him. I was serving good and playing safe enough in the most important moments.
That is why I got the win”.
Medvedev kept it classy after beating Djokovic
Beating five-time Nitto ATP Finals champion Djokovic in straight sets at The O2 Arena isn't a small thing to do but Russian tennis star Medvedev didn't want to brag too much after beating the Serb.
"To be completely honest, I am sure he didn’t play his best today. But still, it happens for everybody,” Medvedev said. “I always say the Big Three are the champions because it happens less for them than for other players.
It is still tough to beat them, even on their bad days so I am really happy about the win. I am feeling good [and] confident right now… I knew I had to take my chances [and] serve good”. Top-ranked Russian tennis player Medvedev showed great mental strength and he performed on a high level throughout the whole match.
"He’s getting a little taste of his own medicine,” Jim Courier said while broadcasting the match for Tennis Channel. Djokovic, who is considered as the best returner on the Tour, didn't manage to get a single break against Medvedev.
"It was just difficult to break his serve. He's serving tremendously well, moving great. Hasn't given me too many unforced errors and free points," Djokovic said. "Just not a great match from my side. I thought I could have and should have done better, but credit to him for playing on a high level."