Russian tennis star Daniil Medvedev admitted he was scared of Novak Djokovic and felt the nerves toward the end of the US Open final.
Medvedev, seeded at No. 2, blew one of his third-set breaks but served out for the match in the 10th game of the set to claim a 6-4 6-4 6-4 win.
In his first Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2019, Medvedev lost to Rafael Nadal in five sets.
Earlier this season, Medvedev suffered a straight-set defeat to Djokovic in the Australian Open final.
“It’s tough to soak in,” Medvedev told Eurosport. “I am still cramping a little bit because of nerves.
“I was cramping in the last game of the match and I thought if I don’t make this game I was in big trouble to win these championships.
“I am just super happy because when I play against these guys, I’ve lost two finals.”
Losing to Djokovic could have been devastating for Medvedev
“When I had Novak again, I was scared in a way because I thought if he destroys me one more time it will bring my confidence down. I’m really happy to win,” Medvedev admitted.
“The funny thing about Novak is, with many players you need a plan in your head,” he said.
“With Novak, you need 15 because every game I’ve played with him, either that I’ve won or lost, was different. He was nervous, I was nervous – that’s tennis.
“He definitely could have played better, I could have played better. But my serve was really good today, I am really happy with it.
“I love my – we can call it Russian style – when I don’t celebrate too many victories. I try not to show too many emotions because it actually helps me. If I showed a lot of emotions there would be a lot of bad ones also.”