Daniil Medvedev: I'm not that far but I have to continue to work hard


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Daniil Medvedev: I'm not that far but I have to continue to work hard

Russia's Daniil Medvedev admits he has to further improve his game if he wants to stand a bigger chance against the very best players of the game. Medvedev, ranked at No. 5 in the world, fell just short against 16-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic at the ATP Cup on Saturday.

World No. 2 Djokovic came up big in the key moments to beat Medvedev 6-1 5-7 6-4 and propel Serbia into the final at the inaugural event. After dropping his serve in the fifth game of the third set, Medvedev had a chance to fully get back into the match but he failed to convert any of his three break points in the 10th game.

"I think I'm not that far, but to stay not that far and maybe get even closer, I have to continue to work hard. I have to continue to be consistent, to have this level of play that I had in the last two sets over months, maybe years,” Medvedev said, per the ATP Cup.

“If not, that's the strength of these guys that they are always there, always in the semi-finals, finals of Slams, and that's the most important."