Medvedev reacts to losing to Djokovic in the Paris Masters final.
World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev admitted Novak Djokovic was better in the key moments of the match and ultimately decided the winner of the Paris Masters final. Djokovic, seeded at No. 1, recovered from a set down to beat Medvedev 4-6 6-3 6-3.
After losing the first set, Djokovic broke Medvedev in the fourth game of the second set and saved three break points in the ninth game to force a decider. In the third set, Djokovic broke Medvedev three times and lost his serve once to complete a comeback win.
“I’ll need a little more time to think about the match. I think there weren’t a real turn in the match. OK I could have hold my serve more, I could have been better on crucial points. Tenniswise, it was great and he was a little bit better,” Medvedev said, per Tennis Majors.
“He was better on the crucial point in the second and third sets. I was better on those points in the first one. I think it’s that. “I made a good match against one of the best in history who really wanted to win, I could feel that.
He was stronger in the key moments.”
Medvedev suggests Djokovic deserves more respect.
This year, Djokovic broke the all-time record for most weeks spent as world No. 1, broke the record for the most year-end No. 1 finishes and tied Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on the all-time with most Grand Slams captured.
I feel sometimes (that Novak is not considered as Federer or Nadal, that was the question, editors note). But unless haters, people start to notice what he has done and that he can do more,” Medvedev explained. “Maybe ten years after he retires, new people coming to tennis will read on Wikipedia that Novak is everywhere and was amazing. Like me with Sampras, I was too young to watch him play but I read he was amazing.”