Daniil Medvedev explains why beating Novak Djokovic made US Open win 'sweeter'

Medvedev, who dismissed Federer and Nadal to declare Djokovic the greatest player of all time during his victory, said he would take confidence going forward knowing he was the only man able to stop the world No 1.

He continued: “For the confidence and for my future career, knowing that I beat somebody who was 27-0 in a year in Grand Slams, I lost to him in Australia, he was going for huge history, and knowing that I managed to stop him it definitely makes it sweeter and brings me confidence for what is to come on hard courts so far, but let’s see about other surfaces.”

He was also asked about the ‘GOAT debate’ verdict given during his speech, saying: “Yeah, you know, I’m not going to repeat probably again. But, yeah, it’s there. It’s honest what I said.

“I feel like it can be even in a way a little bit disrespectful to some other guys, which we all know. That’s just I had him there behind me.

“Again, what I said is not like I would have another player behind me and beat him in the final, I would have not said it. So that’s what I think. And, yeah, that’s all I need to say.”


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