Australian Open 2021: “He was super nice” – Daniil Medvedev recalls practice session with Novak Djokovic long ago

Daniil Medvedev was defeated in straight sets by Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open 2021.

Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev at the trophy presentation ceremony of the 2021 Australian Open
Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev at the trophy presentation ceremony of the 2021 Australian Open
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Novak Djokovic brushed aside Russian Daniil Medvedev on Sunday in the final of the Australian Open 2021 to take home his ninth title. Medvedev looked promising in the opening exchanges and was able to exchange breaks with the Serb in the first set and it looked evenly matched till 5-5 in the set. After that, it was all Djokovic as he went on to take the set and after that, lost just four more games in the match.

He took just 1 hour and 58 minutes to notch up the victory and the final score read 7-5, 6-2, 6-2. Medvedev looked clueless from the second set onwards but he can hold his high and it is clear that a Grand Slam title is not very far away. It looks almost certain that Medvedev would become a Slam winner but the question is as to when and if he can do it during the dominance of the Big Three.

Daniil Medvedev all praise for Novak Djokovic

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Novak Djokovic speaks as Daniil Medvedev looks on

Daniil Medvedev spoke after the Australian Open at a press conference and jokingly said, “He was late. That’s the only bad thing I remember — that he was late.” He then recalled his experiences with Djokovic while practicing together in the past and said, “He was super nice to me. My interactions with him helped me a lot, I would say, for my confidence in my career.”

Djokovic then responded during the ceremony by saying, “We used to spend more time together. We used to practice more in Monaco. But it’s nice to hear you’re thinking good things about me.”

Djokovic further said, “I really like Daniil as a person, he’s great,” Djokovic said. “Off the court, he’s very friendly, very outgoing. But on the court he’s one of the toughest players that I ever faced in my life. It’s a matter of time when you’re gonna hold a Grand Slam, it’s for sure, if you don’t mind waiting a few more years.

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