Novak Djokovic stresses that Daniil Medvedev «can never be underestimated» noting that the Russian is a legitimate Grand Slam title contender wherever he goes. Medvedev, 27, is a four-time Grand Slam finalist and has a Major title to his credit.
In the 2021 US Open final, Medvedev won his first Grand Slam after beating Djokovic. Djokovic, who began the 2023 season with a perfect 15-0 record, was beaten 6-4 6-4 by Medvedev in the Dubai semifinal. «He’s a former No.
1 and Grand Slam winner. He has become one of the most important players in the world in the last five years. His place is definitely top 10, he would say top 5. It was only a matter of time before he was a contender for Grand Slam titles.
He is a contender for Grand Slam titles, without a doubt. We can never underestimate Daniil,» Djokovic said after the match, according to sportskeeda.
Medvedev did slightly better than Djokovic in their Dubai match
Earlier this year, Djokovic defeated Medvedev in the Adelaide semifinal for his fourth straight victory over the Russian.
In Dubai, Medvedev came out determined not to lose to Djokovic for the fifth time in a row. After ending his four-match losing streak against Djokovic, Medvedev credited his concentration and calm at key moments. “When you play Novak, you just have to play your best.
I hope he doesn’t play his best that day because when he plays his best, well, he’s got 22 Grand Slams, so even if you play your best it’s going to be tough, I’m not sure you’ll win. I managed to play a higher level than him today.
In the second set I didn’t face a single break point, but there were so many 30/30 games. But I managed to keep my composure and I’m happy to be in the final tomorrow,» Medvedev said after beating Djokovic.