Moments After Indigestible US Open Loss, Daniil Medvedev Regrets Glaring Problem That Ended Up Working in Favor of Novak Djokovic – ‘I Should Have..’

Published 09/10/2023, 10:49 PM EDT

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Novak Djokovic clinched his 24th Grad Slam title at the 2023 US Open, a tournament in which he does not hold an upper hand. But he straightened the reputation once and for all with his record-breaking win. Daniil Medvedev, who defeated Djokovic in the 2021 final of Flushing Meadows, worked hard to halt Djokovic but to no avail.

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Given the Serb’s form, it is inevitable for him to keep winning and create more records impossible for the next generations to reach. After Djoker defeated the former World No.1 in straight sets, the Russian reflected on what went wrong in the match. Medvedev dished out his honest verdict on how this match felt for him.

Daniil Medvedev reflects on what would have guaranteed him a win

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Djokovic is famous for his tie-breaks and comeback wins. The four-time champion of the New York Major put up a tough fight against the Spanish bull, Carlos Alcaraz, in the semi-finals but failed to take advantage of  Djoker’s errors. After the match was done and dusted, the Russian wrapped his head around the game as he revealed a major regret.

In the post-match press conference, Medvedev said, ” I probably should have changed my position and stuff like this, but I had the feeling that it’s gonna work like this.”

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The Russian added, “I’m going to make it work because I was a little bit returning worse than let’s say with Carlos. When the set was over, I was like, yeah, I was too stubborn, I should have done differently.”

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Medvedev came closer to winning the second set, but two tie-breaks later, Djokovic took it. Talking about this, the Russian said, “Yeah, that’s why also for sure pity that I didn’t win the second set because I felt like I was let’s call it all over him, like I was dominating in a way.” 

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The 2021 US Open champion felt he should have done better while explaining how unpredictable the game can be and how Djoker is an exception.

Medvedev rules out the errors of Novak Djokovic and reveals why

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The World No.3 explained that he had his chance while the Serbian legend missed some shots after long rallies that lasted for at least 20 exchanges. But Medvedev made peace with the fact that Djokovic is capable of anything. His third-round match against Laslo Djere was an example of a flawless comeback, as the Serb was one of the few players to win the match after losing the first two sets.

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Medvedev described tennis as an uncertain game, and the tables can turn at any minute. All it takes is one perfect shot or a fault to flip the game. He recalled the match against Andrey Rublev and explained that despite the scorching heat, he secured a straight-set win against his close friend while they could barely stand in the court.

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The Russian feels he is stubborn and would have implemented a new strategy against Djokovic. He regretted not changing his playing style and blamed himself for adapting the same method he used against the young Spaniard. Whatever the reason is, the tournament is finished, and both WTA and ATP winners scripted history.

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Krishna Priya

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Vadlamani Krishna Priya is a tennis writer at Essentially Sports. Pursuing her passion for storytelling, she has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Helped by her cousin who introduced her to the rules and regulations of the game during her childhood, Roger Federer matches became Priya's gateway to the world of tennis.
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