Daniil Medvedev Is the Only Player Comparable to Novak Djokovic, Explains Matteo Berrettini

Published 01/01/2022, 5:30 AM EST
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) talks with Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) during the trophy presentation after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


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The new season for Men’s tennis has started as players have already started to gear up for 2022. World No. 1, Novak Djokovic will definitely be the top contender to win Grand Slams considering his performance and attributes. However, Matteo Berrettini believes Daniil Medvedev possesses the ability to crack that mindset of Djokovic’s.

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The Italian feels Medvedev is really solid and has played exceptionally well throughout the 2021 season. The Russian pulled off an extraordinary victory in the finals of US Open 2021, defeating the 20-time Grand Slam champion, Djokovic.

Berrettini thinks only Daniil Medvedev can resist Novak Djokovic

The year 2021 has been quite noteworthy for Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. To see these two elite players compete against each other was truly scintillating. As the new season starts, Matteo Berrettini deems that Medvedev has the potential to break Djokovic’s confidence.
Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrate with the finalist and championship trophies, respectively, after their match in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports
The Italian quoted, ” He (Medvedev) is really solid. He is moving really well, playing deep, serving well, returning. I mean, he is not missing at all. He is playing good, especially on hard court, he is probably, I mean, together with Novak, the best player that we have now.”
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Berrettini feels the Russian is extremely tricky to play. He added,”  Personally, last year, I struggled to play against him, but I work hard to be ready for this match, so we will see.” He faced the World No. 2 last at the ATP Cup 2021, where the Russian easily defeated him. Yet another time, Matteo Berrettini will face Medvedev at the ATP Cup 2022 on 6th January 2022.

Djokovic to miss the ATP Cup

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World No. 1 and 20-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from this year’s ATP Cup. Earlier, he confirmed his participation at the competition, however, a few days ago, the Serb decided to pull out.

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts during his final match against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev | Credits: Reuters

Recently, he was seen practicing with the Australian Open balls. Despite not giving full details on his availability, Djokovic was seen hitting a few shots with the tournament’s official balls. We’ll have to wait for Djokovic’s final decision as the Australian Open 2022 is drawing closer.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analysing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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