Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic are good friends off the court (Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Daniil Medvedev declared Novak Djokovic ‘the greatest’ after securing his maiden Grand Slam at the US Open.
The Russian denied the world No.1 an historic calendar Grand Slam with a dominant 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 display.
Djokovic was far from his best in his quest to become the first player in 52 years to win the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open in the same year, but Medvedev utilised his huge serve and powerful forehand to carry him to glory.
Defeat for the Serb also sees him remain on 20 Grand Slams – the same number as Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer – but Medvedev took time during his post-match interview to declare his admiration for his opponent.
‘First of all, sorry for you the fans and Novak. We all know what he was going for today,’ he said.
‘What you have achieved this year and throughout your career, for me, I have never said this before, you are the greatest tennis player in the history.
Daniil Medvedev’s triumph at the US Open was his first Grand Slam title (Picture: Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
‘I want to thank my team, those who are here and watching. My parents, my family, my sisters.
‘Some of my friends are here – thank you guys because it is not an easy journey to win a Slam. I’m really thankful to you for helping me throughout this journey.
‘I want to thank you guys [the crowd]. Today it was maybe a little bit more for Novak but that’s completely understandable.
“To me you are the greatest tennis player in history.” pic.twitter.com/DZMH7MDr4N
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 12, 2021
‘Throughout the week you guys gave me a lot of energy. Starting from 2019 long ago, it helped me through to today. It was not easy but thanks a lot guys.’
Djokovic had the full support of the Arthur Ashe crowd throughout the match and after saving his first championship point he began to tear up in the final game.
The 34-year-old also struggled to hold back the tears during his post-match interview, but found the words to congratulate his opponent and friend.
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‘Thank you so much, guys. I would like to start off by saying congratulations to Daniil,’ he said.
‘Amazing match, amazing tournament. If there is anyone that deserves a Grand Slam title right now it is you, so well done.
‘To your team, you have an amazing team, you are one of the greatest guys on the tour, we get along very well.
‘I wish you many more Grand Slams, many more majors to follow, and I am sure you will be …read more
Source:: Metro Sports
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