“One Step Ahead of Tsitsipas and Zverev”: Boris Becker on Daniil Medvedev’s Heroic Performance at US Open 2021

Published 09/22/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
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


Russian tennis player Daniil Medvedev has been in the best form of his life. During the US Open this season, he was the toughest player to beat as he displayed some of the best tennis during the two weeks. 

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Recently, former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker praised Daniil Medvedev for being able to dethrone Novak Djokovic on his Grand Slam hauls. During the course of the tournament, the Russian star lost just one set. The former German player even felt Daniil is a tad ahead of Tsitsipas and Zverev.

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The six-time Grand Slam winner stated, “Daniil Medvedev deserved to win today; deserved to win the tournament. He was the best player over these two weeks and only lost one set in total on the way to his first Grand Slam. For me, he is the readiest of the young generation. He knows how to win matches; he knows how to prepare for the big matches. You have to beat him then because he doesn’t get hectic or nervous. He’s one step ahead of [Stefanos] Tsitsipas or [Alexander] Zverev there.” 

Daniil Medvedev got revenge over the Serbian ace 

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Speaking about Djokovic and Medvedev this season, they faced each other at the beginning of the year. They were up against each other during the Australian Open final. The Serb ended up winning that match in straight sets. 

Sep 12, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Novak Djokovic of Serbia (L) congratulates Daniil Medvedev of Russia (R) 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

Later, they were up against each other in the last Grand Slam event of the season, the US Open 2021. However, the tables were turned this time as the powerful Russian star ended up winning the match in straight sets. In doing so, he stopped Djokovic from winning all four Grand Slam events in a calendar season. 

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These two supreme athletes will be seen next in Paris for the final ATP 1000 event of the season. Although the Grand Slam events are over, the race for the World No. 1 spot is still on. We wish both players the best of luck for the remainder of the season.

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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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