Daniil Medvedev admits that Novak Djokovic is a level above him as he doesn’t want to compare himself to Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. On Friday, Medvedev and Djokovic delivered an absolute thriller at the ATP Finals.
After three hours and 11 minutes, it was Djokovic who claimed a tight 6-3, 6-7(5), 7-6(2) victory. Although there was not much separating Medvedev from Djokovic in their Turin match, the Russian did not want to put himself in the same sentence as the Serb.
Daniil Medvedev: Novak Djokovic is in a league of his own
«Novak is in a league of his own, that’s for sure, with Rafa and Roger. Then there’s the rest. Maybe at one point someone will try to catch them in a number of shots or whatever, then let’s talk about something different.
I definitely don’t put myself there. We had some tough battles. He is leading head to head even if I won some big matches. Yes, that’s all I can say. Yeah, definitely, definitely not close to Novak. Maybe when we play, yes, but in general I can’t compare myself with him or any of the big three,» Medvedev said.
Meanwhile, Medvedev exited the ATP Finals after going 0-3. In his second match of the group stage, Medvedev lost after failing to serve for the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Against Djokovic, the same thing happened with Medvedev: he was serving for the match at 5-4 in the third set, but couldn’t close out the match.
After coming out of the ATP Finals, Medvedev was directly honest in reflecting on his ATP Finals career. «Super easy, I sucked, so that’s what happened. It’s a disaster. What I’m very happy about is that this match didn’t count towards getting out of the group, otherwise I would have two lost-serve matches for the match. At least this one didn’t count,» Medvedev said.