17-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic acknowledged that losing seven straight games against a player like Daniil Medvedev is something you simply can't do if you want to end of the winning side. Djokovic, ranked at No.
1 in the world, didn't have a great performance at The O2 Arena on Wednesday evening as Medvedev dropped just six games en route to beating the Serb 6-3 6-3. After the opening five games of the match -- Djokovic led 3-2 -- but then Medvedev claimed three consecutive breaks to open a 6-3 3-0 lead.
"I just had pretty bad seven games in a row that I lost from 3-2 up," Djokovic said after the match, per Metro UK. "In no time it was 6-3, 3-Love for him. "Yeah, I cannot allow these things to happen when you’re playing one of the top players of the world."
Djokovic admitted Medvedev was better
Djokovic, who is considered as the best returner on the Tour, didn't manage to claim a single break of serve against Medvedev as the Russian was rock solid on his serve throughout the match.
"He was just better, no question about it. I thought we started well, both of us. Up to 3-All it was quite an even match. "But then after, you know, just a very long game at 3-All, couple of game points haven’t capitalised on them, and after that break he was cruising.
"And I made some unforced errors. I dropped the level of just I think the game and the fitness just in general. I just, yeah, struggled to kind of find the right rhythm for 15 minutes or so. "He used it, and then he held his serve all the way till the end.
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. "Yeah, I mean, 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."
Djokovic, a five-time Nitto ATP Finals champion, beat world No. 9 in his opener at The O2 Arena and now he owns a 1-1 record at this year's event. Meanwhile, Medvedev now owns a 2-0 record after beating Djokovic and he has already secured the top place of Group Tokyo 1970.