John McEnroe praises Daniil Medvedev's fighting spirit against Rafael Nadal


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John McEnroe praises Daniil Medvedev's fighting spirit against Rafael Nadal

The seven-time Grand Slam winner John McEnroe looked back to the stunning US Open final between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. The American former player said: "If you get exhausted watching two guys battle like that, there is something wrong with you.

You are a little sick in the head. And for us, the men, to go at it like that, I mean, I have played matches, a couple of matches longer than that, so I get it and I respect it and I was having a great time. We know there is a tie-breaker in the fifth set.

So it could only go another 20, 30 minutes. What's another half-hour? So it ended great." Asked if the crowd cheering on Medvedev during the third and fourth set was the loudest ever in New York, McEnroe replied: "I was lucky enough to be part of five US Open finals.

And that may have been one of the loudest, if not the loudest, when this, Medvedev, Russian guy, came back and took it to a fifth set. So it inspires the players, obviously. It's absolutely incredible. We need a shot in the arm for our sport.

The women are doing well, but the men - Thank you. I do have four daughters and two boys so I know how much it means now that the playing field is more level in women's game in our sport than any other sport. In basketball, football they are getting paid 1/20th, 1/50th what the men do. In tennis, exactly the same. Equal prize money", he concluded.