World No. 2 Daniil Medvedev felt sorry for 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic following their final clash at the US Open.
Medvedev, 25, saw off Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4 to win his maiden Grand Slam title.
Had Djokovic beaten Medvedev, he would have won a record 21st Grand Slam and become the first player since 1969 to win all four Majors in the same year.
“I do feel sorry for Novak because I cannot imagine what he feels. I don’t know this feeling. It definitely makes it sweeter. I mean, a Grand Slam is a Grand Slam. I would win it against Botic in the final, probably I would be same happy,” Medvedev said.
“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.”
Medvedev showed respect for Djokovic
During the trophy ceremony, Medvedev said that for him Djokovic was the greatest player of all time.
This season, Djokovic broke the record for most weeks spent as world No. 1 and he is now a Grand Slam away from breaking the all-time Major record.
“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,” Medvedev said.
“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.”