World number one Novak Djokovic might not enjoy the same kind of adulation from fans that Roger Federer or Rafa Nadal does, but even the Serbian’s “real enemies” will appreciate his records and achievements after his retirement, Daniil Medvedev said. Djokovic avenged his final US Open loss to Medvedev by winning a record-breaking sixth title in Paris and a record-breaking 37th Masters title on Sunday, retaliating after a set down to win 4-6 6-3 6-3.
Djokovic also sealed the year-end world number one spot for a record seventh time to overtake the great American Pete Sampras. âTen years after he retires there will be people who start watching tennis like me. I didn’t see Sampras play, I was too young but heard he was amazing – that will be the same thing (with Djokovic), “Medvedev told reporters.
âThere are going to be new people who come to tennis who are just going to read Wikipedia or whatever, what the results were, who was number one in the world for most of the weeks, most of the time. , they will see Novak everywhere. That’s when people are going to start to understand (and say) ‘Okay, it’s amazing what he did.’ “
Medvedev had denied Djokovic a 21st Grand Slam men’s singles title at Flushing Meadows, as well as a calendar slam, and the Russian said he knew the Serbian would shoot it for him in Paris. “It’s impossible to get the upper hand, psychologically speaking, over him,” Medvedev added.
âWhen I play against Novak, I knew he would try to get revenge even if the game wasn’t the same. The stake wasn’t the same.â I could feel he really wanted to win whatever. it happens, and that’s what the competition is about. “
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