Australian Open 2021: Russian 4th seed Daniil Medvedev has recalled the first time he met the Serbian number one Novak Djokovic and shared what a great sport and friend he turned out to be.
Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev share at moment after Melbourne Park final. (Reuters Photo)
- Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-2 6-2 in the Australian Open final
- The Serbian World number one now has nine Australian Open titles to his name
- Nine Slams in Australia is amazing and this won’t be your last one: Medvedev to Djokovic
Novak Djokovic, on Sunday, extended his record breaking spree at the 2021 Australian Open by sealing a straight sets ( 7-5 6-2 6-2 ) win over Russian 4th seed Daniil Medvedev. The Serbian World number one now has nine Australian Open titles to his name.
A humbled Medvedev recalled the first time he met Djokovic. According to the Russian tennis star, he was ranked 500 or 600 in the world while the Serbian was the top ranked player.
“Never easy to speak when you just lost a Grand Slam final, but I’ll do my best,” Medvedev said during the trophy presentation.
“Congrats to Novak. Nine Slams in Australia is amazing and this won’t be your last one. Just to tell you a small story, I first met Novak when I was 500 or 600 in the world. I thought OK, he’s not going to speak to me, because he was world number one. I was really shy. He was talking to me like I was a friend. He’s never changed – he’s always been a great sport and a great friend.”
“Thanks to my wife and coach. It was not the best day today but thank you for being here with me for such a long time. Last but not least I would like to thank you guys for inviting us here. I really wanted to make this match longer and more entertaining for you, but today was not the day. Thank you for coming and supporting me,” he added.
— Daniil Medvedev (@DaniilMedwed) February 21, 2021
After Medvedev’s speech, Djokovic returned the honour and shared an emotional and light-hearted exchange with his Russian opponent.
“I would like to return nice words to Daniil. You’re a class act and a great person. We used to spend more time together and practise together. You’ve not called me that much over the last two years. It was nice to see you were thinking good things about me,” said Djokovic (laughs) about his Russian opponent.
“I really like him as a person off the court. On the court, he’s definitely one of the toughest players I ever faced in my life. It’s a matter of time that you will hold a Grand Slam for sure – if you don’t mind waiting a few more years…”