Novak Djokovic: Daniil Medvedev was the better player and deserved to win

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic acknowledged that Daniil Medvedev came out on the court very determined to win the US Open title. 

Medvedev, seeded at No. 2, saw off top-seeded Djokovic 6-4 6-4 6-4 in the US Open final to capture his maiden Grand Slam title. 

Medvedev’s serve was absolutely outstanding, losing his serve only once against Djokovic. 

“I mean, he was hitting his spots very well. He came out very determined on the court. You could feel that he was just at highest of his abilities in every shot. He had a lot of clarity what he needs to do tactically. He has executed it perfectly,” Djokovic said. 

“The other hand, I was just below par with my game. My legs were not there. I was trying. I did my best. Yeah, I made a lot of unforced errors. I didn’t have — no serve really.

“If you’re playing someone like Medvedev who hits his spots so well, just aces, gets a lot of free points on his first serve, you’re constantly feeling pressure on your service games.

“I was below par with everything, to be honest. So just one of these days where unfortunately, yeah, wasn’t meant to be.”

Djokovic praised Medvedev for his performance

“It was different because my feeling on the court was not as good as the one that I had in Paris. Just energy-wise I felt slow.

“But he did so well. I mean, he was amazing. Just congratulate him, full credit from his mentality, his approach, his game, everything. He absolutely was the better player and deserved to win, no doubt about it.

“Of course I’m disappointed with the overall game that I performed today. I know I could have and should have done better. But it’s sport, you know. You win some, you lose some. It’s a tough loss, very tough loss. But at the same time I’m happy for him because he’s a nice guy and he deserves it. He really does.”