“Feel Sorry for Him”: Daniil Medvedev Relates With Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic

Published 09/17/2021, 10:33 AM EDT
Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafael Nadal of Spain and Roger Federer of Switzerlan wait to go on stage during the ATP Heritage Celebration at The Waldorf=Astoria on in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)


Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev has impressed one and all with his performance over the past couple of months. The World No. 2 managed to win his first Grand Slam title at the US Open 2021. He beat the man in form, Novak Djokovic in straight sets in the final.

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Recently, Daniil Medvedev spoke about the words exchanged between him and Novak Djokovic at the net. He went further into history, relating to situations in which Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and the Serb were involved in gruesome matches over the years. 

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LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 19: (L-R) Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Rafeal Nadal of Spain, Andy Roddick of USA and Roger Federer of Switzerland have a chat during the ATP World Tour Tennis Finals Media Day at the County Hall Marriott Hotel on November 19, 2010 in London, England. The end of season tennis event takes place between Nov 21st – 28th at the O2 arena in London, England. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The 25-year-old player stated, “I said sorry to him,” Medvedev revealed when asked what was said between him and Djokovic following his win. “Tennis is such a brutal sport — there are two guys and one is going to lose no matter if it’s the first round or the final. I always watch Novak, Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer] play these finals and I feel like every time in the speech they’re sorry for their opponent because they know how it feels.”

Daniil Medvedev did something no player could 

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Medvedev stopped Djokovic from creating history by winning all four Grand Slam titles this season. As happy as he is for himself, he felt sorry that the Serb’s quest couldn’t be completed. 

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Daniil Medvedev of Russia celebrates with the championship trophy after his match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia (not pictured) 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 TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The US Open 2021 champion added, “I stopped Novak from doing something crazy and unbelievable in tennis history and I do feel sorry for him. I’m happy for myself but I do feel sorry for him, that’s what I said and yeah, Novak is such a great guy that he just said I deserve everything and he really hugged me and that’s unbelievable.”

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The Russian certainly deserves to enjoy his moment; he played a fantastic tournament and only dropped one set in his entire run. However, it will be interesting to see if he can back up his first Grand Slam with more such performances. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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