Renowned tennis coach Toni Nadal believes when Daniil Medvedev plays at his best he is at the level of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
Medvedev became the second active under-30 Grand Slam winner after surprising world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US Open final.
Uncle Toni was asked to specify who’s the best of Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas.
“I don’t know who’s the best,” Uncle Toni said, per Tennis Majors. “Their high level is very similar; the problem is their low average level. When Medvedev plays well, he is at the level of Nadal, Federer or Djokovic. What happens is that when he plays badly, his level drops a little more than that of Novak, Rafael, or Roger. Whoever manages to stabilize it will be the best of the [younger generation].”
Medvedev dominated Djokovic
Medvedev prevented Djokovic from winning a record 21st Grand Slam and collecting a Calendar Grand Slam.
Medvedev beat Djokovic in straight sets and the Serb afterward admitted the Russian was the better player.
“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 after the final.
“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.”