Former world No. 84 Jean-Rene Lisnard insisted he knew Daniil Medvedev would beat Novak Djokovic in the US Open final and prevent the Serb from making tennis history.
Medvedev, ranked at No. 2 in the world, handed a 6-4 6-4 6-4 loss to Djokovic in the US Open final to lift his maiden Grand Slam title.
Lisnard, who never made it past the third round a Grand Slam, compared Medvedev to Rafael Nadal since he sees the Spaniard’s level of competitivness in the Russian.
“It’s easy to say it after everything is finished but I knew he was going to win this US Open. I have witnesses who can confirm this (laughs). Beyond that, what I mean is that I am not surprised. Daniil has already lost two Grand Slam finals, and saw how he hates a defeat, that it was inconceivable to lose a third. Daniil is a born competitor, he hates losing. For that, he looks like Nadal. I cannot say how many Grand Slam titles he will win, but I am sure he will be world number 1 one day,” Lisnard said, per We Love Tennis.
Medvedev was ‘scared’ of Djokovic
Medvedev suffered a straight-set defeat to Djokovic in the Australian Open final earlier this year.
Medvedev fell under the pressure in the Australian Open final and he was scared the same would happen in the US Open final.
“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.”