“Finally Made It”: Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic Practice Together Ahead of ATP Paris Masters 2021

Published 10/28/2021, 12:42 PM EDT
Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 21, 2021 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic shakes hands with Russia’s Daniil Medvedev after their final match REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


Out of all the next-gen players who troubled world no.1 Novak Djokovic on the ATP tour over the past few years, only Daniil Medvedev was able to defeat the Serb in a major final and recorded his first-ever grand slam title at the US Open last month.

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After the victory, the Russian was all praise for Djokovic as he referred Djokovic as the greatest player of all time during the trophy ceremony. The US Open final was not only special for Medvedev but it was a memorable event for the Serb as he witnessed unanimous support to him from the Arthur Ashe crowd.

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Daniil Medvedev and Novak Djokovic practiced together ahead of Paris Masters 2021

The top-two players on the ATP tour also share cordial relationship off the court as well. The duo is all set to participate in the upcoming Masters 1000 event in Paris. Ahead of the last Masters tournament, both Djokovic and Medvedev got an opportunity to practice together.

The Russian took to twitter to share a photo with Djokovic post practice and wrote, “We finally made it”. 

The head-to-head record between the two top players is close with the Serb leading Medvedev with a narrow margin of five wins compared to the latter’s four. With two big events coming up towards the end of 2021 ATP season, the fight for year-end no.1 spot continues between Djokovic and Medvedev.

Medvedev has a slim chance of overtaking Djokovic for the year-end no.1

The 20-time grand slam champion, who decided to skip the Indian Wells Masters this year, gave an opportunity to Medvedev to edge closer to him in terms of ranking points. But, the Russian was stunned by Grigor Dimitrov in the pre-quarters.

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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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In all likelihood, the Serbian tennis star might end up being the year-end world no.1 once again and defeat Pete Sampras’ record. The legendary American ended up as the no.1 player on six season during his run. Djokovic equaled Sampras’ record last year and is all set to overtake his childhood hero in Turin.

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However, by defeating the Serb in the US Open finals, Daniil Medvedev showed that he is here to win big titles and prevent the Big-3 from winning more slams. Surely, the Russian‘s victory would have inspired his peers to go for slams at the ATP season next year.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Sagar has completed his graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering.

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